So I picked up a Sega Genesis from a local thrift store and bought a copy of Altered Beast to get some old-school nostalgia gaming going on.
I hadn't played this game in nearly 20 years. I could only remember the first level, transforming into a wolf, and the second level, transforming into a dragon. There was a reason for this.
I had assumed, that since I was much younger then and did not have a complete understanding of how to play games well, that I would now be able to get further into and eventually beat this game.
Not a chance in hell. I still cannot get past the second level. It turns out it wasn't a matter of skill on my behalf, but of sheer difficulty on its own. Enemy placement is predictable, but they have as much attack range as you do as a human, and there seems to be no way to earn extra lives (is this right?). I feel like if I get hit by a boss (which takes a whole life piece) I might as well start over. It's brutal.
So as it turns out, Demons' and Dark Souls are a walk in the park for me, but this 24 year old game will still whip my ass. Put another point on the board for old-school gamers.