_hojo:R·Type.is.really.fucking.hardFebruary 10, 2009
_i just played R·Type Dimensions. i played R·Type on Classic mode for about 6 hours. without dying, the game is beatable in about 20 minutes. i got to the checkpoint of the 7th stage. i spent 4 hours on stages 5-through-half-of-7. i spent a full hour on the checkpoint halfway through stage 7 without ever reaching the boss. it was the hardest thing i’ve ever played. there’s a stage 8.
_that’s the Backloggery game page for R-Type.
_104 people on the Backloggery own R-Type in some way, shape or form.
_of those 104 people, 3 of them don’t actually own R-Type, for they have it listed as being owned on the SNES, which the game was never released on, and they most likely actually own Super R-Type, giving us only 101 people that have R-Type in some way shape or form.
_discounting the “toned down due to hardware limitations” version found on the Game Boy and the 1 Mobile Phone entry (no offense to those guys, but i’m just looking for the Arcade perfect or close to it versions), the number goes down to 83.
_of those 83 people, 13 people have beaten the game, a whopping 15.6%.
_of those 13 people, 3 of them did it on “Arcade-Ownership: Other,” meaning that save states were most likely abused.
_that leaves us with at most 10 legit beats on this game throughout the entire site, giving us a whopping 87.5% unbeaten. the VC percentage is depressing, with only 2 people out of 43 having beaten it, and with 4 people having gone so far as to Null it.
_now, it’s time for more stats and % fun as we compare the Unbeaten percentage to other games popular websites have labeled as “Extremely Hard.” as i don’t actually want to sift through all of these game pages in the same way i did R·Type, we’ll be comparing the %’s to R-Type’s game page percentage of 75%
_let’s start with the first one i find on Google…Gametrailers.
- Contra: 30.3% unbeaten (amount of Konami code beats=unknown)
- Zelda 2: 48.6% unbeaten
- Castlevania: 51.8% (includes some LOL64 versions, but VC+NES averages out to about the same…64 version has a high Unbeaten % too, but i’m not sure if that’s more out of difficulty or bad game)
- Devil May Cry 3: 49.2% (who knows how many SE’s are in there)
- Shinobi (PS2): 71.3%
- Ikaruga: 65.1%
- F-Zero GX: 52.8%
- Ninja Gaiden 2 (360): 66.7% (highest out of the series)
- Super Ghouls ‘n Ghosts: 63.2%
- Battletoads (NES): 70.7%
- MDK2: 70.5%
- Mega Man: 30.7% (this and MDK2 were the lone differences between GT and IGN lists…nice Ctrl+C/Ctrl+P job guyz)
_now for some other various fun entries…
- Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (NES): 59.6%
- Blaster Master: 67.9%
- The Adventures of Bayou Billy: 57.9%
- Mike Tyson’s Punch-Out!! (+Punch-Out!!): 56%
- Gradius: 59.4%
- Comix Zone: 68.1%
- God Hand: 65.1%
_now, for something a little different…
- Final Fantasy VII (+7): 26.5%
- Super Mario World: 20.1
- Goldeneye 007 (+Goldeneye): 21.2%
- Halo: 20%
- Splinter Cell: 48.1%
- Space Channel 5: 50.6%
- Threads of Fate: 43.2%
- Indigo Prophecy: 48.4%
- Okami: 64.4%
- Dragon Warrior VII: 67.6%
- Shin Megami Tensei: Nocturne: 74%
- The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind: 57.4%
_the first 4 are there to show the what the Unbeaten percentage of a “super popular game everyone has played and beaten” looks like. the next 4 are all less popular on the site, but not obscure, owned by 150-250 people. the last 4 show that really long games usually have pretty high U%. from these numbers, we can surmise that a game hovering around or below 25% unbeaten is pretty easy, the 40%-50% zone is a bit of a gray area, but usually isn’t too bad. once you hit 60%, however, you should expect a long and/or difficult affair. and if a game sits at 70% U…watch. the. fuck. out.
_it’s also worth noting that if the farther you go in a franchise, the U% tends to rise, as people instinctively want to play a series in order. examples are the Arc the Lad and Suikoden series.
_so, a blog that started out being about how hard R·Type just turned into a way to figure out what Unbeaten games you can hammer out with little difficulty via a semi-working formula.
_fun fact: Eternal Poison had the highest U% out of any game in my collection owned by 50+ people, sitting currently and 92.2%…wow. now i NEED to start playing again and play it to the end. Galaga Legions is next with 84.9%, followed by Gunvalryrie with 83.1%. the lowest U%-Pokemon Blue at 9.4%, just edging out SSBM’s 9.5%.
_and if you know of any other games with a high U%, feel free to let me know. this stuff really does intrigue me to no end.