Being a huge fan of survival horror (classic Resident Evil, Dino Crisis, Silent Hill), I've always wanted to try this. In survival horror games, the good ones at least, supplies are ridiculously limited and/or placed in tricky areas. As a result, you end up conserving the ammo you have and often run away from enemies instead.
I'm not sure I would recommend this because it was kind of a pain for one
reason (see below), and I couldn't think of a better solution for that problem. But the challenge itself was quite interesting and unique, and I wanted to share.The Rules1.
All current ammo MUST carry over to the next level (as if the entire game is one huge Wily fortress)2.
Buster is NOT allowed after the first level (exception: Break Man cannot be damaged with anything else)3.
NO enemy drops allowed4.
Fixed items are allowed (ammo, E-Tanks, etc. that are found normally in the game)5.
Mystery Tanks (?) are allowed6.
Deaths are okay, game over is NOT7.
Top Spin ignored for obvious reasons (unpredictable ammo consumption)The Run
The Robot Master order was the hardest part. NE and SH are good buster substitutes, and also the most reliable weapons against Proto Man, so they had to be conserved just right. Almost ran out a few times. I also made a mistake picking Top Man early, but at that point I was still deciding if I was going to ignore his weapon.
I chose the Doc Robot order based on how much ammo I could find to refill some of the weapons. My heart was racing in the first half of Doc Gemini, because dying would pretty much mean a game over/reset. NE is the only special weapon that destroys the eggs, and there are no fixed pick-ups there to refill. I had to use a safety E-Tank against Doc Flash, which is really embarrassing. RJ section at Doc Needle, however, is a godsend. Sadly, the fortress is so empty and throws so many pick-ups at you that the challenge is pretty much over by the third or fourth Doc Robot stage.
Why it was kind of a pain: before delivering the last hit to a boss, I had to write down ALL my ammo. And at the start of the next level, I had to waste my weapons until they had that exact amount. Wouldn't be so bad if there was a number attached to each weapon (like MM8). I think the PS1/AC version Navi Mode has that option...? But I really don't care for the GC controls. Anyway, counting those little bars got old fast. Sometimes I would even avoid using certain weapons 'cause I was too lazy to count, haha.Notes and Progress
(Format: stage » weapons/ammo by the end of that stage)
I wonder if it's possible to program these limitations in a ROM hack...?