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Title: Games you've basically "Memorized"
Post by: Dice on May 16, 2012, 12:13:47 AM
Some games are worth another go.  Some worth a few more than just two runs.  What games do you know the ins and outs, the dialogue or layout, the items and secrets... all that jazz.

Mine quickly (and off the top of my head kinda):
- Star Ocean 2. Even down to the nitty gritty of "what NPC to talk to to advance the story" and the items and all that.
- Valkyrie Profile is also another one. The items, puzzles, equipment, characters... I admit I do double check the requirements for the A Ending since they're pretty fucking ambiguous
- Zelda Twilight Princess for the most part. No puzzle really stumps me and I know where extras and all are located.
- Final Fantasy 6, fucking Squeenix, remake it you bitches, why do you ignore this one?!!?!?
- Hoping to add Final Fantasy 9 soon, I'm doing a pretty perfect run thus far.
- Res5 is there as well since I played multiplayer with it with a few peeps (not many good co-op games these days D: ).
- I'd say a Tales game -- but I don't think I've ever 100%-ed the Collection Book. But I do have them pretty damn well mapped out otherwise for what's important.
Title: Re: Games you've basically "Memorized"
Post by: Yoda on May 16, 2012, 12:19:29 AM
Halo:CE
RE:5
Star Control 2


There are other games I played plenty but hardly to the level of those games.
Title: Re: Games you've basically "Memorized"
Post by: Bytor on May 16, 2012, 12:39:35 AM
Fallout 3....the only game I ever did where I did everything possible to do....but I got real close on Borderlands and Assassin's Creed 2. Now, if we go seriously old school i had all of the patterns memorized on Pac-Man in the arcades and I could pretty much play Defender and Tempest until I got bored.
Title: Re: Games you've basically "Memorized"
Post by: Daggerstrike on May 16, 2012, 12:51:33 AM
Shining Force 1 and 2
Final Fantasy Tactics (PS1 version)
Title: Re: Games you've basically "Memorized"
Post by: Kevadu on May 16, 2012, 01:31:22 AM
Final Fantasy VI was definitely the first game that reached this point for me (hence the avatar...).  I've lost track of how many times I've played it through start to finish.  I'm pretty sure I've managed to discover just about every secret in that game without ever using a guide...

Planescape: Torment might also qualify.

But I don't have the time to play games like that anymore.  These days I'm lucky if I even finish a game once. 
Title: Re: Games you've basically "Memorized"
Post by: Darklight on May 16, 2012, 03:24:28 AM
Doom 1 and doom 2, all secrets items etc
Exhumed/Powerslave, ditto
Soul hackers, mainly due to me learning kanji at the time. %100 down to demon fusions and weapon fusions, who to talk to for a complete story, even where the holes/pitts are in the second last dungeon

So, doe's it surprise you guys to play an older game and the things you do remember?
Title: Re: Games you've basically "Memorized"
Post by: Ramza on May 16, 2012, 08:01:28 AM
Super Metroid.

My freshman year of college I beat the game 11 times in two weeks. Then I didn't touch it for a few months, and then I went back and got my best time for an 100% item run (1 hour, 41 minutes). Now, a full decade later, I don't think I could achieve that time again, but clearing the game in under 3 hours is still easy as pie, and I'd be shocked if I missed even one item. I also don't even bother stopping to save.

I think that's the only game I've committed to muscle memory. But if we were talking about *soundtracks* I've memorized... most of the FF series would be a good place to start. :)
Title: Re: Games you've basically "Memorized"
Post by: Aeolus on May 16, 2012, 08:25:45 AM
A number of the early Zeldas, to the point where I can either run minimalist or other caveat loaded run (swordless in Original's second quest).
MMX2 to the point where I can make a no upgrade run (can't for X1 without cheat codes due to that boot capsule). And other MM games to the point where I need no consolation as to which bosses should be fought in which order.
FFVI to the point where I can even get General Leo in my party without resorting to external means (with the fun side effect of getting Terra to make lesbian love to her own mom and even redefine the meaning of the phrase 'the circle of life').
The early Metroids (I'll admit to getting lost a time or two in Prime 1).

And most modern games due to being shallower than SuperNES games. XD

Actually I've memorized a number of games far greater than I care to list due to having a rock solid memory (and because many games are pretty fucking shallow to begin with and not hard to memorize).
Title: Re: Games you've basically "Memorized"
Post by: eXaX on May 16, 2012, 08:51:52 AM
For me, there is really only one game that I've practically memorized. There are other games that have a huge impact on me when I'm playing them but I don't know the secrets nor the location of items or something like that. More sentimental impact I suppose.

Anyhow,
Deus Ex(PC). God I've played this game so many times I've started to despise Liberty Island. With the exception of Liberty Island I still love playing through it with made-up challenges (like, no-kill runs or only use a baton w/e).
FFVI to the point where I can even get General Leo in my party without resorting to external means (with the fun side effect of getting Terra to make lesbian love to her own mom and even redefine the meaning of the phrase 'the circle of life').
Epic!
Title: Re: Games you've basically "Memorized"
Post by: Hathen on May 16, 2012, 09:23:10 AM
Large chunks of several MMOs (I'd like to see someone memorize an entire MMO), mostly FFXI.

Diablo II
Phantasy Star Online
Lufia II
Pokemon Red, Silver, Ruby/Sapphire, especially the last one...really wish a pokemon game can enamor me the same way G2 and G3 did, but that's probably my childhood speaking. Starting from G4 the most irritating thing to me is that all the battles take much longer from animations and such.
Title: Re: Games you've basically "Memorized"
Post by: Andrew on May 16, 2012, 09:51:21 AM
Hathen, if you liked GII and GIII, try HeartGold or SoulSilver. By far the best games in the series, imo.
Title: Re: Games you've basically "Memorized"
Post by: Annubis on May 16, 2012, 10:00:46 AM
- Chrono Trigger
I remember pretty much anything and everything by heart. I must have played through this game at the very least 30 times from A to Z.

- Zone of the Enders: The Second Runner
I played this game so many times, finished all the extra missions, unlocked everything and then played again some more.
I also happen to like standing next to lava... no reason...

- Star Ocean 3
1 game normal, 1 game universe, 1 game normal for trophies, 1 game universe for trophies and finally a 4D game...
I actually made a binder with tons of information like crafting, PAs, puzzle solutions, sphere 211, etc.

- Star Ocean 2
One of my first JRPG love. Over the years I've played this one 4 times.

- Ragnarok Online
Knowing an MMORPG by heart? I'd say yes. I can navigate the worldmap my eyes closed. I know where every good piece of equipment is dropped and by what mob. I know every item, every card, every skill, every job, every good leveling zone for every class and level range. Although, that is up to the point where I stopped playing, so anything added after like 11.x I sadly wouldn't know.

- Diablo 2
This game took my soul.

- Diablo 1
This game took my youth.

- System Shock 2
One of my favorite games of all times and as such I've played countless times. This game did so many things right. Survival horror at its finest.

- Contra III: The Alien Wars
This is by far the SNES game I played the most. I didn't really know (J)RPGs back then.

- Final Fantasy 7
3 playthrough is way enough to memorize this game.

- Ogre Battle 64
I'm an avid fan of this game, same as a good friend of mine. We could talk endlessly about this game.

- Valkyrie Profile
If you want the A ending... you pretty much need to know everything about this game.

- Baldur's Gate 2
I seriously can't play this game anymore. I know everything. Instead of starting another game, I can just recall the game instead and save myself the 100 hours it would take to play through (I spent easily 500 hours on this game)
Title: Re: Games you've basically "Memorized"
Post by: Lard on May 16, 2012, 11:23:21 AM
Suikoden 2

Pool of Radiance

Battletech - Crescent Hawks Revenge

SMT Nocturne
Title: Re: Games you've basically "Memorized"
Post by: Monsoon on May 16, 2012, 11:56:44 AM
Chrono Trigger, Mega Man X, Final Fantasy Tactics, Castlevania: Symphony of the Night, and Disgaea: Hour of Darkness.  It's a little sad when I think about how well I know these games....
Title: Re: Games you've basically "Memorized"
Post by: Yoda on May 16, 2012, 12:37:10 PM
Overblood
Title: Re: Games you've basically "Memorized"
Post by: kyuusei on May 16, 2012, 01:35:56 PM
Chrono Trigger, which I've played 10-15 times.

Mass Effect 2... or at least, the Renegade options.

Final Fantasy VI and VII.

Super Mario 1, 3, World.

Super Metroid.
Title: Re: Games you've basically "Memorized"
Post by: Ashton on May 16, 2012, 03:08:34 PM
Chrono Trigger
Lufia 2 - I have memorized the solutions to all of the puzzles except one (that being the optional super puzzle)
Pokemon G1 and G2
All three Mass Effect games
Sonic 3 & Knuckles
Super Mario RPG
Title: Re: Games you've basically "Memorized"
Post by: (Tunnels) on May 16, 2012, 09:30:27 PM
Resident Evil 2, mostly Scenario A though. I loved this game so much as a kid, and I played and beat it some many times. Still cant do it under 4 hours though, foo.

I don't replay a lot of games, so this is probably my only entry on the list.
Title: Re: Games you've basically "Memorized"
Post by: Esper_Crusader on May 16, 2012, 09:46:56 PM
FF6.  Note my username:P
Front Mission 3
Castlevania SOTN

There are probably a few others that I can't think of right now..
Title: Re: Games you've basically "Memorized"
Post by: Jimmy on May 16, 2012, 09:59:36 PM
Megaman 2, 3 - I used to play 2 all the time, but more recently I play 3 to relax and I have it down pat.
Zelda: Ocarina of Time - Used to play it once per year. I still know where all the heart containers and gold skulltulas are.
Zelda: Twilight Princess - Don't care for the story really, but I love the dungeons and bosses and they keep me coming back for more.
Chrono Trigger - Played through it numerous times.
Fire Emblem - The first one for GBA that is. I pretty much played it non-stop for the first 6 months after its release.
Super Mario Bros. 3 - It took some time, but now I can play through all the worlds with minimum item usage.
Title: Re: Games you've basically "Memorized"
Post by: Agent D. on May 16, 2012, 11:14:18 PM
FFVI
FFVII
FFVIII
FFIX
SaGa Frontier all scenarios but asellus and lute....though lute's is essentially all sidequests.
FFTactics
Skies of Arcadia though some discoveries do take longer to find than others...
Earthbound
Lufia 2 and Curse of the Sinistrals
Legend of Legaia
Star Ocean 2 any character and all story progression
Grandia 1 and 2 though terminology is slightly fuzzy.
Golden Sun 1 and most of 2


I'm going to call shenanigans on Hathen for PSO cuz unless he's just referring to quests and map completion, he doesn't know every off every enemy for every section id. However, if it's just maps and quests, then yeah, nevermind.

I can sort of say Phantasy Star Universe, but only the online component and only up to about 2008 when I stopped playing. Anything else added would be foreign to me then.

Edit: Oh yeah, every metal gear solid title to date. I can play them with my eyes closed. Actually beat Vulcan Raven doing that once, but it was on easy and I had a lot of claymores.
Title: Re: Games you've basically "Memorized"
Post by: Darklight on May 17, 2012, 01:00:55 AM
Pool of Radiance

Holy shite, this game ruined my homework. Bought a 512k expansion for this game alone, loved the Amiga and the c64 versions had too many discs. That stupid security wheel is the 1st thing you memorize forever
Title: Re: Games you've basically "Memorized"
Post by: Alisha on May 18, 2012, 10:43:22 PM
phantasy star online
final fantasy tactics(psx)
valkyrie profile(psx)
Title: Re: Games you've basically "Memorized"
Post by: Lazlowe1984 on May 21, 2012, 01:17:44 AM
Radiata Stories

Mass Effect 2

Uncharted

Persona 3 Portable
Title: Re: Games you've basically "Memorized"
Post by: Desert Walker on July 14, 2012, 11:04:35 PM
Mario 3 & World
Sonic 2, 3, Knuckles, 3 + Knuckles
Starfox 64
Zelda: Ocarina of Time
Pokemon Red/Blue, Silver/Gold
Embarrassingly large chunks of Morrowind.

EDIT:  In high school I had MGS 2 memorized for all intents and purposes.  I played that game over and over for dog tags and such.  Naturally I didn't find out about the second edition (with VR missions) until much later.
Title: Re: Games you've basically "Memorized"
Post by: Dade on July 15, 2012, 12:20:55 PM
Shining Force 1 and 2
Final Fantasy Tactics (PS1 version)
These.

I've also played so much Suikoden 1&2 that I frequently act it out as a voice actor when the words appear in screen.

FF4&6 also come to mind, but its been a few years. All the previous are annual occurances.

Bah I forgot Chrono Trigger and Cross. AND Symphony of the Super Metroid (whenever I feel like these games I tend to just play through both)
Title: Re: Games you've basically "Memorized"
Post by: Desert Walker on July 15, 2012, 06:42:06 PM
Bah I forgot Chrono Trigger and Cross. AND Symphony of the Super Metroid (whenever I feel like these games I tend to just play through both)

Someone needs to commission a composer to write this work.  I have no doubt that it would be unbelievably awesome.  :D
Title: Re: Games you've basically "Memorized"
Post by: Yoda on July 15, 2012, 11:08:10 PM
When I was a youngun I had Wizards and Warriors down pat and could beat it w/out dying. Now? Can't clear level 1 without cursing my maker.
Title: Re: Games you've basically "Memorized"
Post by: Dice on July 16, 2012, 03:07:32 AM
When I was a youngun I had Wizards and Warriors down pat and could beat it w/out dying. Now? Can't clear level 1 without cursing my maker.

I feel so ashamed when I "level down" in gaming skill, especially a particular title.  I wonder wtf I did right then.

Title: Re: Games you've basically "Memorized"
Post by: Aeolus on July 16, 2012, 06:29:58 AM
When I was a youngun I had Wizards and Warriors down pat and could beat it w/out dying. Now? Can't clear level 1 without cursing my maker.

I feel so ashamed when I "level down" in gaming skill, especially a particular title.  I wonder wtf I did right then.



Ah, back when we had nothing better to do with ourselves but play one of the handful of games we had as a kid. No need to worry about generations, backward compatibility, or needing to replace parts, batteries, controllers, or whatever. And the biggest questions involved whether you did well enough in school to get to rent a game that you might one day hope to finish, and whether you'd get invited over to that kid with the Genesis console or not.
Title: Re: Games you've basically "Memorized"
Post by: Monsoon on July 16, 2012, 06:38:41 AM
When I was a youngun I had Wizards and Warriors down pat and could beat it w/out dying. Now? Can't clear level 1 without cursing my maker.

I feel so ashamed when I "level down" in gaming skill, especially a particular title.  I wonder wtf I did right then.
I hear ya.  When I was maybe 7 years old I could beat Super Castlevania IV on the SNES in about 80 minutes.  Now I don't think I could beat it without using savestates.
Title: Re: Games you've basically "Memorized"
Post by: Yoda on July 31, 2012, 10:13:34 PM
When I was a youngun I had Wizards and Warriors down pat and could beat it w/out dying. Now? Can't clear level 1 without cursing my maker.

I feel so ashamed when I "level down" in gaming skill, especially a particular title.  I wonder wtf I did right then.



Aeolus is spot on. I only had a handful of games and I basically memorized them. Though there were still some games that were totally unfair and hard. Usually they were shitty licensed games but The Guardian Legend comes to mind. I could only beat some of the bosses by using the slowmo on my NES® Advantage® joystick.
Title: Re: Games you've basically "Memorized"
Post by: Darklight on July 31, 2012, 10:55:58 PM
Not exactly hard to remember, Was playing a friends Arcade machine and I seem to remember all of the warps, hard hats, balloons and extra lives in PacLand.
Title: Re: Games you've basically "Memorized"
Post by: Raziel on August 01, 2012, 03:53:30 AM
I think the one I can recall off the top of my head (with dialogue to boot) anywhere anytime is Legacy of Kain: Soul Reaver. I first played it when I couldn't even speak English and didn't understand a single part of the story, yet I still remembered the dialogue and with that kind of quality voice acting, I could even somewhat understand what they were talking about. Also, since I didn't have a memory card I always had to restart and with me not figuring out how to defeat Dumah for 7 years, I often played the game up to that point. When I finally had access to internet, then I realized how obvious it had been.

So yeah, I can close my eyes and pretty much go through the game in my head by now.
Title: Re: Games you've basically "Memorized"
Post by: Alhizzy on August 01, 2012, 05:54:46 PM
I think the one I'd brag about the most is Tomb Raider 2.  I think I could still manage to find most of the secret statue thingies in it if I picked it up and played it again.

And Raziel, Soul Reaver was a puzzling mess for me the one time I played through it, so mad props to you on that one!  The playstation sure did have some quality action adventure games.
Title: Re: Games you've basically "Memorized"
Post by: Mickeymac92 on August 10, 2012, 06:49:34 PM
Dragon Warrior I. I don't know why, I even found Loto's/Edrick's Seal on my my first try this time.
Title: Re: Games you've basically "Memorized"
Post by: EmeraldSword on August 16, 2012, 12:03:59 PM
Vandal Hearts 1 - Short SRPG from PS1 era. The game doesn't have a lot of dialog, but the little parts that it does are very effective in setting the gritty tone of the game. Did all the side-quests and mastered the ending. If there was any remake I'd play in a heartbeat it would be this gem. My favorite character with whitty one-liners is Ash's archer buddy, Diego Renault.
Title: Re: Games you've basically "Memorized"
Post by: Agent D. on August 21, 2012, 01:20:31 PM
Does it sort of count that after not playing it for a year and change, I went back to ffxi and remember most of the areas and locations.