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Re: Games Beaten 2021

by MrPopo Wed Jun 30, 2021 2:07 am

Previous Years: 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020

First 50:
1. EYE: Divine Cybermancy - PC
2. Legend of Grimrock - PC
3. Legend of Grimrock 2 - PC
4. Shovel Knight - Wii U
5. Yakuza: Like a Dragon - PS4
6. Yoshi's Island - SNES
7. Vectorman 2 - Genesis
8. Super Mario Sunshine - GC
9. The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time Master Quest - GC
10. Bomberman '93 - TG-16
11. Cannon Fodder - PC
12. Panzer Dragoon II Zwei - Saturn
13. Dragonborne - Game Boy
14. Rock n' Roll Racing - PC
15. The Lost Vikings - PC
16. Blackthorne - PC
17. Contra III: The Alien Wars - SNES
18. Bravely Default II - Switch
19. Axelay - SNES
20. Ryse: Son of Rome - XBOne
21. Killer Instinct (2013) - XBOne
22. Heretic Kingdoms: The Inquisition - PC
23. Thief: The Dark Project - PC
24. Killer Instinct - XBOne
25. Killer instinct 2 - XBOne
26. Record of Lodoss War: Deedlit in Wonder Labyrinth - PC
27. Thief 2: The Metal Age - PC
28. Wing Commander II - PC
29. Wing Commander III - PC
30. The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel IV - Switch
31. Shadow Man Remastered - PC
32. Wing Commander: Privateer - PC
33. Salt and Sanctuary - Switch
34. The Elder Scrolls: Arena - PC
35. The Elder Scrolls II: Daggerfall - PC
36. Resident Evil Village - PC
37. SaGa Frontier Remastered - Switch
38. Metaloid: Origin - Switch
39. SaGa Scarlet Grace: Ambitions - Switch
40. Metro Exodus: The Two Colonels - PC
41. Metro Exodus: Sam's Story - PC
42. Panzer Paladin - Switch
43. Returnal - PS5
44. Dark Void Zero - DSiWare
45. Panzer Dragoon Saga - Saturn
46. Magic Knight Rayearth - Saturn
47. Cathedral - Switch
48. Final Fantasy VII Remake: INTERmission - PS5
49. Eterium - PC
50. A Street Cat's Tale - Switch

51. Bug Fables: The Everlasting Sapling - Switch
52. Banner of the Maid - Switch

Banner of the Maid is an indie SRPG that is heavily influenced by Fire Emblem and is set in an alternate history Revolutionary France. You control Pauline Bonaparte, the sister of Napoleon, as she tries to defend France and navigate the fires of revolution. While it has some rough edges it overall plays quite well and isn't just a straight clone of Fire Emblem.

The title comes from the banner that was carried by Jeanne d'Arc, who was also known as the Maid of Orleans. In the world of Banner of the Maid the power of the Maid is something certain women are born with and gives them a variety of abilities that can be used to shape history. As a result, women are a part of the French military. The game begins when the royal family is still in power, but after the establishment of the Estates General. Initially you spend a lot of time in the various campaigns between France and Austria and Italy, but events back in Paris will draw your attention as the various factions begin to execute on their vision for what France should be, and the king is guillotined midway through the game.

As mentioned, the game is heavily derived from Fire Emblem. You move all your units, then the enemy moves theirs. Combats compare your attack to enemy defense, and if you have enough of a speed advantage you can attack twice, which is a powerful tool. Weapons have limited durability, but the durability is regenerated after every map, so don't be afraid to use your good stuff. Unlike Fire Emblem this game has the main combat units arranged in an advantage square; Heavy Cavalry beats Light Cavalry, Light Cavalry beats Light Infantry, Light Infantry beats Line Infantry, and Line Infantry beats Heavy Cavalry. There are two other units which sit outside this. Military Bands are your cleric analogues, with healing and status buffs. Artillery cannot attack enemies up close (other than one late game item), but have high damage and the longest range of any unit. The game features two defensive stats; one works against bullets and one works against swords (cavalry weapons) and artillery. This can affect what units you send where when you aren't exploiting weaknesses. Units also can learn passive skills which buff their combat performance. Instead of random crits the game has a system where you build up morale when attacking; once you have 100 you can spend it to do 50% more damage on your first attack and get a major accuracy boost (on the order of 30%).

The game does not have permadeath; instead losing a handful of units is a frequent defeat condition (aside from the standard losing your MC). The units are flavored as lines of generic soldiers commanded by one of the named characters, so losing enough of these formations would theoretically cause the collapse of your army's effectiveness. The game also features a faction system where doing sidequests and making dialog choices can increase your reputation. You'll want reputation with everyone, as each faction provides a benefit, such as being able to buy better weapons or learn more skills. The game does tell you which faction a dialog choice will buff, so it's not too challenging to get everything up to the required levels.

The game does have some rough edges on the balance end. A handful of maps have really nasty setups with either an extremely terrible weather condition (which is designed to massively favor patient defenders, which the AI is) or overly large reinforcement waves. On the flip side, the game also has an imbalance in the player's favor. That weapon square I mentioned usually sees the enemy forces without much in the way of Light Cavalry. This allows your Light Infantry to shine, as they are basically the myrmidons of the game. Without their natural enemy they can become monsters. Especially since they have some of the best skills, including natural ranged weapons and the ability to act again after using a heroic attack. This also means that your Heavy Cavalry loses effectiveness, as the enemy troops tend to have a lot of Line Infantry that will chew them up.

Overall Banner of the Maid is a very solid SRPG, and if you're a Fire Emblem fan you'll enjoy it. And the devs did a reasonable amount of research into the actual history; most of the cast are real figures, though all of them are more badass to suit a video game. There's no major changing of historical events; the monarchy falls and things end with Robespierre still in power. You just do your best to try and help France.
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Re: Games Beaten 2021

by PartridgeSenpai Wed Jun 30, 2021 4:24 am

Partridge Senpai's 2021 Beaten Games:
Previously: 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020
* indicates a repeat

Games 1~51
1. Atelier Rorona: The Alchemist of Arland (PS3)
2. Portal 2 (PC) *
3. Atelier Judie: The Alchemist of Gramnad (PS2)
4. Pipo Saru 2001 (PS2)
5. Mystical Ninja Starring Goemon (N64)
6. Atelier Viorate: The Alchemist of Gramnad 2 (PS2)
7. Kirby's Dream Land 3 (SFC)
8. The Legend of Mystical Ninja (SFC)
9. Atelier Marie: The Alchemist of Salburg (PS1)
10. Ganbare Goemon 2 (SFC)
11. Paper Mario: Origami King (Switch)
12. Star Fox 64 (N64) *
13. Super Paper Mario (Wii) *
14. Paper Mario: The Thousand Year Door (GC) *
15. Demon's Crest (SNES)
16. Cathedral (Switch)
17. Super Mario 3D World (Switch) *
18. Bowser's Fury (Switch)
19. Rogue Heroes: Ruins of Tasos (Switch)
20. moon (Switch)
21. Casltevania 64 (N64)
22. Captain Rainbow (Wii)
23. Doraemon: Nobita To Mittsu No Seireiseki (N64)
24. Blast Corps (N64)
25. Doraemon 2: Nobita To Hikari No Shinden (N64)
26. Custom Robo (N64)
27. Doraemon 3: Nobita No Machi SOS! (N64)
28. 64 Trump Collection: Alice No Wakuwaku Trump World (N64)
29. The Sunken City (PS4)
30. Lair of the Clockwork God (Switch)
31. Star Fox Adventures (GC)
32. Atelier Elie: The Alchemist of Salburg 2 (PS1)
33. Billy Hatcher & The Giant Egg (GC)
34. Mole Mania (GB)
35. Gargoyle's Quest (GB)
36. Rock Man 4 (Famicom) *
37. Wai Wai World (Famicom)
38. Mega Man: Dr. Wily's Revenge (GB)
39. Mega Man (Switch) *
40. Mega Man 2 (Switch) *
41. Mega Man 3 (Switch) *
42. Rock Man 5 (Famicom) *
43. Mega Man 6 (Switch)
44. Mega Man 7 (Switch) *
45. Mega Man 8 (Switch) *
46. Mega Man 9 (Switch) *
47. Mega Man 10 (Switch)
48. Rock Man World 2 (GB) *
49. Rock Man World 3 (GB)
50. Rock Man World 4 (GB)
51. Rock Man World 5 (GB)

52. Wai Wai World 2 (Famicom)
53. Tiny Toon Adventures (Famicom)
54. King Kong 2: Ikari No Megaton Punch (Famicom)
55. Yume Pengin Monogatari (Famicom)
56. Rock Man & Forte (SFC)
57. Rock Man X2 (Switch)
58. Rock Man X3 (Switch)
59. Rock Man X4 (Switch)
60. Rock Man X5 (Switch)
61. Rock Man X6 (Switch)
62. Rock Man X7 (Switch)
63. Rock Man X8 (Switch)
64. Mega Man: Powered Up (PSP)
65. Magical Taruruuto Kun: FANTASTIC WORLD!! (Famicom)
66. Maken Shao (PS2)
67. Getsu Fuuma Den (Famicom)
68. Rock Man D.A.S.H (PSP)
69. Brave Fencer Musashi (PS1)
70. Joe & Mac (SFC) *
71. Atelier Lilie: The Alchemist of Salburg 3 (PS2)
72. Zelda 2: The Adventure of Link (Famicom)
73. The Bouncer (PS2)
74. Rapid Angel (PS1)
75. Atelier Totori: The Alchemist of Arland 2 (PS3)
76. Drakengard 3 (PS3)

77. Alwa's Awakening (Switch)

This is a game Prfsnl recommended to me a couple weeks back, and it also happened to be cheap enough in the eShop at the time that I had enough existing funds to just buy it outright without needing to go buy a cash card or anything. A fair few other friends also recommended it, so I moved it up my priority list a fair bit, because I'm nothing if not a sucker for a good Metroidvania. I really needed SOMETHING to take the edge off from my attempts at trying to beat the last level of Drakengard 3, and this was the first thing that came to mind, so I beat the English version of the game over around 5 or so hours over two sittings (before and after my last attempts at Drakengard XP).

Alwa's Awakening is a game made to be reminiscent of old, 8-bit Metroid-style game (to the point they've even gone as far as to actually port the game to the NES), and it has a story to match. The land was peaceful until a big bad guy came to heck it up, he's been hecking things up along with his four big bad guy friends for quite some time now, and the heroine Zoe (you) have been summoned in a last-ditch effort to save the land. It's a very text-light story for a game released only a couple years ago, but it fits very well with the style they're going for, so I don't really begrudge the game for that. It certainly made the narrative of the game far more boring for me because it's just a total non-entity, but the lack of narrative itself isn't inherently a negative aspect of the game.

The game itself is a fairly simple Metroidvania with four dungeons before a final dungeon and boss. You go around the world in a very familiar side-scrolling way, and your main method of attack is your staff that you swing at enemies. You can eventually unlock gems to equip into the staff (which can be cycled through with a shoulder button and used via Up + Attack), and they're your movement abilities throughout the game, giving you abilities such as summoning blocks or bubble to push or climb on.

The game overall has a very "fine" quality to it. Combat is a bit unforgiving, given that you only have 3 hits (6 if you make the long trek back to a healing fountain to fill up your bottle) between you and death, healing drops are rare, and there are many bottomless pits. However, the enemies and bosses themselves generally have quite simple patterns (or a pretty easy cheese strat), and the game is generally fairly good about checkpoints. The bosses aren't anything terribly special, and just about all of them fall into the camp of either "too hard" or "too easy", especially once you figure out their one trick, but this game is overall very simple in that regard.

The bigger bugbear in the room is the platforming, which especially in final areas gets way too merciless for its own good. Even the save rooms in the final dungeon have death traps in them, so even if you make it there you aren't guaranteed to actually live to touch that save point. The game has a weird juxtaposition of pretty easy combat alongside some pretty merciless instant-death-packed platforming for most of its runtime, and it makes the pacing pretty rough as a result. It peppers an already fairly lukewarm experience with dashes of being needlessly frustrating, and despite the main character's quite slow movement and reliable jumping, I really didn't care for a lot of the platforming elements in the game.

The presentation is also very adequate. It makes a lot of sense that the company that developed this game also published Cathedral, since that's another pretty rough Metroidvania with just a bit too much difficulty and a very unmemorable art style. The art is colorful and nice for what it is, but it's aiming mostly for homage, and that means it comes off as feeling generic by design. It isn't poorly done, and it actually all looks quite nice, but it's also most certainly generic and unmemorable. The music is all fine, but I wouldn't call any of it particularly special. It's pretty good on a technical level, but the hitbox on your staff can be quite temperamental at times, especially if you're not standing on an unmoving floor.

Verdict: Hesitantly Recommended. Perhaps I went in with my expectations too high based on what other people told me about this game, or perhaps I'm just spoiled for Metroidvanias, but I really didn't enjoy my time with this game terribly much. It isn't a badly made game and it's more than adequately put together for the low price it goes for, but it's just so rough around the edges and overall unmemorable that I have a pretty hard time recommending it. You likely won't dislike your time with this game, and you might even enjoy it quite a bit, but as far as indie Metroidvanias on the Switch go, it is not hard to find a similarly priced and far better game to put your time and money into instead.
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Re: Games Beaten 2021

by ElkinFencer10 Wed Jun 30, 2021 4:33 pm

Games Beaten in 2021 - 52
* denotes a replay

January (12 Games Beaten)
1. God of War - PlayStation 3 - January 1
2. God of War II - PlayStation 3 - January 2
3. God of War: Chains of Olympus - PlayStation 3 - January 3
4. God of War: Ghost of Sparta - PlayStation 3 - January 4
5. God of War III - PlayStation 4 - January 6
6. God of War: Ascension - PlayStation 3 - January 9
7. God of War [2018] - PlayStation 4 - January 16
8. Epic Dumpster Bear 2: He Who Bears Wins - PlayStation 4 - January 16
9. God of War: Betrayal - Mobile - January 17
10. Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit - Switch - January 18
11. Muv-Luv photonflowers* - Steam - January 22
12. Muv-Luv photonmelodies♮ - Steam - January 27


February (5 Games Beaten)
13. Gun Gun Pixies - Switch - February 1
14. Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel - PS4 - February 8*
15. Pantsu Hunter: Back to the 90s - Vita - February 13
16. Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel II - PS4 - February 17*
17. Legend of Heroes: Trails in the Sky - Steam - February 23


March (3 Games Beaten)
18. Legend of Heroes: Trails in the Sky SC - Steam - March 4
19. Legend of Heroes: Trails in the Sky 3rd - Steam - March 7
20. Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel III - PS4 - March 21


April (7 Games Beaten)
21. Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel IV - PS4 - April 5
22. Muv-Luv Unlimited: The Day After 00 - Steam - April 7
23. Muv-Luv Unlimited: The Day After 01 - Steam - April 10
24. Muv-Luv Unlimited: The Day After 02 - Steam - April 11
25. Muv-Luv Unlimited: The Day After 03 - Steam - April 13
26. Neptunia Virtual Stars - PS4 - April 18
27. Before Your Eyes - Steam - April 18


May (9 Games Beaten)
28. New Pokemon Snap - Switch - May 2
29. Resident Evil 8: Village - PS5 - May 8
30. Dragon Quest XI S: Echoes of an Elusive Age - Switch - May 15
31. Torment: Tides of Numenera - Xbox One - May 18
32. Pepsiman - PS1 - May 20
33. Super Blackjack Battle II Turbo: The Card Fighters - Switch - May 20
34. Reel Fishing: Road Trip Adventure - Switch - May 23
35. Planetscape: Torment - Steam - May 26
36. Shin Megami Tensei III: Nocturne - Switch - May 31


June (15 Games Beaten)
37. Hentai vs Evil - Switch - June 1
38. Troll and I - Switch - June 2
39. Zombie Army 4: Dead War - PlayStation 4 - June 5
40. Mario and Sonic at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 - Switch - June 6
41. Military Madness - TurboGrafx-16 - June 7
42. Puyo Puyo 2 - Game Gear - June 17
43. Yakuza 0 - Playstation 4 - June 19
44. Neptunia Shooter - Playstation 5 - June 20
45. Little Samson - NES - June 22
46. Tiger-Heli - NES - June 23
47. Blaster Master - NES - June 23
48. Gun-Nac - NES - June 24
49. Rollerblade Racer - NES - June 25
50. Marble Madness - NES - June 25
51. Metroid - NES - June 25
52. Mario Golf: Super Rush - Switch - June 26


52. Metroid - NES - June 25

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Metroid is one of Nintendo’s classic IPs from the NES days, and while the series hasn’t gotten the love it deserves in my opinion, its games still draw huge hype has evidenced by how incredibly well pre-order sales for the recently announced Metroid Dread are going. With that game on the horizon, I figured that I would replay some of the series' 2D games to get myself ready beginning with the one that started it all.

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The game’s story is entirely told through the instruction manual. For most games, that means that I wouldn’t bother with it and would make up my own story instead as I did with Little Samson, but I’m not going to disrespect Metroid that way. The premise is that there’s a federation of planets from all over the galaxy that band together to trade and peace or whatever. Naturally, there are pirates that prey on ships. That would be manageable, but they attacked a research outpost that was researching an unknown organism believed to have wiped out an entire civilization as it was being moved to Earth for study. With the potential to replicate this organism and use it as a bio-weapon, the Federation understandably panics and hires the galaxy’s greatest bounty hunter, Samus Aran, to infiltrate the Space Pirate base and destroy it. The instruction manual refers to Samus with masculine pronouns, but as we all know these days, the big reveal at the end of the game is that Samus is actually the galaxy’s most badass woman.

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Metroid is about as not straightforward as it gets. The game consists of a MASSIVE maze, and you’re not afforded the modern luxury of an automap. This makes exploration the name of the game in Metroid, and there’s a lot to explore with a lot of seemingly dead ends. There are a lot of destructible walls and floors, but unlike in more recent games, it’s not apparent that you can destroy them. As such, you’ll spend a lot of time just shooting walls and ceilings or rolling around bombing the floor to see if there’s a hidden passage you can use to progress. Personally, I’m spoiled by modern conveniences, so I found that particular aspect more frustrating than anything else, but fortunately, I’m also a punk who looked up a map on his phone, so that’s always an option for us denizens of the 21st Century.

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As you work your way through this maze, there are multiple power-ups that you’ll need to grab and two bosses that you’ll need to defeat before you’re able to get to the final boss, Mother Brain. All three of these bosses are TOUGH and show you zero mercy, and that’s not even touching on the titular Metroid enemies that will harass you once you finally overcome Kraid and Ridley, the two sub-bosses, and make your way through the final stretch of the game to Mother Brain. The game uses a password system to let you continue, but save states are definitely the way to go if you’re playing through the game in 2021. God bless the NES Classic.

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All told, Metroid is a game that definitely shows its age but not to the extent that it’s not fun to play today. It exemplifies “NES hard,” and it’s obtuse as all get out, but it’s an incredibly fun experience, and it’s great to see where the series started especially since the upcoming Metroid Dread is going to be the first time we’ve seen Metroid in HD. There are a TON of ways to play Metroid these days, so don’t sleep on it. Don’t feel bad if you don’t have the patience to finish the game, but definitely at least experience it to some degree.
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by REPO Man Wed Jun 30, 2021 5:03 pm

There's a ROM hack that adds a bunch of new features and so on. Check it out.
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by Markies Wed Jun 30, 2021 6:05 pm

Loving the NES Reviews, Elkin!

And apparently, cool people were playing Metroid games recently. 8)
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Re: Games Beaten 2021

by Ack Thu Jul 01, 2021 12:16 am

1. Frog Detective 2: The Case of the Invisible Wizard (PC)(Adventure)
2. Revulsion (PC)(FPS)
3. Nonogram - Master's Legacy (PC)(Puzzle)
4. Sekiro (PC)(Action-Adventure)
5. Grim Dawn (PC)(Action RPG)
6. Grim Dawn: Ashes of Malmouth (PC)(Action RPG)
7. Grim Dawn: Forgotten Gods (PC)(Action RPG)

8. Viscera Cleanup Detail: Santa's Rampage (PC)(FPS)
9. Viscera Cleanup Detail: Shadow Warrior (PC)(FPS)
10. Shrine (PC)(FPS)
11. Record of Lodoss War - Deedlit in Wonder Labyrinth (PC)(Adventure)
12. Forgotten Realms: Demon Stone (PC)(Action)
13. Red Alliance (PC)(FPS)
14. The Forest (PC)(Horror)
15. Pixel Puzzles: Japan (PC)(Puzzle)
16. 12 is Better Than 6 (PC)(Top Down Shooter)
17. Torchlight II (PC)(RPG)

18. An Elder Scrolls Legend: Battlespire (PC)(RPG)
19. Port of Call (PC)(Walking Sim)

20. NeonCode (PC)(Walking Sim)
21. Carrion (PC)(Adventure)
22. Dr. Langeskov, The Tiger, and The Terribly Cursed Emerald: A Whirlwind Heist (PC)(Walking Sim)
23. Helltaker (PC)(Puzzle)
24. Warhammer 40,000: Inquisitor - Martyr (PC)(RPG)



Dr. Langeskov

Dr. Langeskov, The Tiger, and The Terribly Cursed Emerald is a walking sim about you being unable to play a few because someone else is playing, so instead you get stuck behind the scenes. Instead of actually exploring the mansion and tackling the heist, you turn on the lights, control the weather, and work the elevator, all while the helpful narrator keeps things moving...or complains that you aren't.

Also, did I mention the tiger? Yes, there is a tiger. Yes, you release it into the game. You also have to order it recaptured, though you can sit and twiddle your thumbs while the narrator freaks out. Ordinarily you wouldn't get to see all this, of course, but due to safety issues and budget setbacks, the employees have gone on strike, and they really need some help. Especially with the tiger.

Eventually you do get to the end and get to play the game...only for the next player to come along who gets to control the lights...and release the tiger...

Hey, it's free on Steam, and it was a fun time. I enjoyed it.


Helltaker

I beat this weird puzzle game last year, but the creator returned for the one year anniversary with a new set of levels. In the original game, you are going through Hell, beating them in a set number of moves, and building a harem of demon girls. It's a weird game.

The new campaign now stars a half-demon hybrid creature being put through nasty tests by a sadistic undercover angel. While they don't all have a set limit for moves, they offer a lot more traps to test your timing and reaction abilities. This then gets followed by a nasty boss fight where you must both memorize the pattern as well as move rapidly and precisely to avoid death. It's no pushover, and beating it leads to a fantastic sense of accomplishment.

And again, it's free on Steam.


Warhammer 40,000: Inquisition - Martyr

That title is a mouthful. I'll explain it. This is a game set in the Warhammer 40,000 universe where you play as a member of the Inquisition investigating a derelict spacecraft known as the Martyr. Yes, they probably could have workshopped that a bit, but the Neocore devs probably didn't have time because they were busy putting in a ton of content.

Martyr is an Action RPG that takes its basics from Diablo II, but it also incorporates the mission-based aspects of games like Syndicate. As you play, your Inquisitor is unlocking the secrets of the derelict ship and the superweapon it contains, but you are also flying around a star system, handling jobs on a myriad of worlds and space stations to help stop the constant threat that aliens, mutants, and heretics pose to humanity.

As you go, you unlock new types of missions, ways to improve loot chances while making missions harder, and find items to let you launch massive crusades or intel for other problems the Inquisition is facing. You'll get new gear, as well as ways to upgrade your gear. You'll unlock alternative tools for self healing while in the midst of combat. You'll even get to engage in series of missions which will ask questions that impact the amount of collateral damage caused by your actions, leading to better (or worse) rewards.

Point is, there is a lot of meat on this sucker, and it's even crazier when you discover the amount of unlockable ways to improve your character, both via gaining levels as well as performing heroic deeds and even making moral judgement calls to show whether you're a more liberal or hardcore hellfire and brimstone inquisitor.

And I play a hellfire and brimstone inquisitor. With a heavy flamer. I take my purging heretics with cleansing fire very seriously. And at this point, there are a lot of heretics and xenos to take down. While it's not a complete rundown of the 40K universe, you'll face off against multiple factions of Chaos and Chaos Marines chapters, Eldar, Dark Eldar, rebellious Imperial Guard, and even Tyranid. While I would love to see something like Tau or Necron pop up (and Orks are always appreciated), I'm quite happy with the variety of things to burn in the name of the Emperor.

Bottom line, Warhammer 40,000: Inquisition - Martyr has a ton of content to explore. Add in expansion content and multiplayer options like the Cabal system, and it's tough to convey just how much stuff there is to do. It's a little overwhelming at times. But hey, there are also a lot of ways to go kill stuff. And that's what this whole power trip is really all about, folks.

And purging heretics.
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Re: Games Beaten 2021

by Raging Justice Thu Jul 01, 2021 2:25 pm

MrPopo wrote:Previous Years: 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020

First 50:
1. EYE: Divine Cybermancy - PC
2. Legend of Grimrock - PC
3. Legend of Grimrock 2 - PC
4. Shovel Knight - Wii U
5. Yakuza: Like a Dragon - PS4
6. Yoshi's Island - SNES
7. Vectorman 2 - Genesis
8. Super Mario Sunshine - GC
9. The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time Master Quest - GC
10. Bomberman '93 - TG-16
11. Cannon Fodder - PC
12. Panzer Dragoon II Zwei - Saturn
13. Dragonborne - Game Boy
14. Rock n' Roll Racing - PC
15. The Lost Vikings - PC
16. Blackthorne - PC
17. Contra III: The Alien Wars - SNES
18. Bravely Default II - Switch
19. Axelay - SNES
20. Ryse: Son of Rome - XBOne
21. Killer Instinct (2013) - XBOne
22. Heretic Kingdoms: The Inquisition - PC
23. Thief: The Dark Project - PC
24. Killer Instinct - XBOne
25. Killer instinct 2 - XBOne
26. Record of Lodoss War: Deedlit in Wonder Labyrinth - PC
27. Thief 2: The Metal Age - PC
28. Wing Commander II - PC
29. Wing Commander III - PC
30. The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel IV - Switch
31. Shadow Man Remastered - PC
32. Wing Commander: Privateer - PC
33. Salt and Sanctuary - Switch
34. The Elder Scrolls: Arena - PC
35. The Elder Scrolls II: Daggerfall - PC
36. Resident Evil Village - PC
37. SaGa Frontier Remastered - Switch
38. Metaloid: Origin - Switch
39. SaGa Scarlet Grace: Ambitions - Switch
40. Metro Exodus: The Two Colonels - PC
41. Metro Exodus: Sam's Story - PC
42. Panzer Paladin - Switch
43. Returnal - PS5
44. Dark Void Zero - DSiWare
45. Panzer Dragoon Saga - Saturn
46. Magic Knight Rayearth - Saturn
47. Cathedral - Switch
48. Final Fantasy VII Remake: INTERmission - PS5
49. Eterium - PC
50. A Street Cat's Tale - Switch

51. Bug Fables: The Everlasting Sapling - Switch
52. Banner of the Maid - Switch

Banner of the Maid is an indie SRPG that is heavily influenced by Fire Emblem and is set in an alternate history Revolutionary France. You control Pauline Bonaparte, the sister of Napoleon, as she tries to defend France and navigate the fires of revolution. While it has some rough edges it overall plays quite well and isn't just a straight clone of Fire Emblem.

The title comes from the banner that was carried by Jeanne d'Arc, who was also known as the Maid of Orleans. In the world of Banner of the Maid the power of the Maid is something certain women are born with and gives them a variety of abilities that can be used to shape history. As a result, women are a part of the French military. The game begins when the royal family is still in power, but after the establishment of the Estates General. Initially you spend a lot of time in the various campaigns between France and Austria and Italy, but events back in Paris will draw your attention as the various factions begin to execute on their vision for what France should be, and the king is guillotined midway through the game.

As mentioned, the game is heavily derived from Fire Emblem. You move all your units, then the enemy moves theirs. Combats compare your attack to enemy defense, and if you have enough of a speed advantage you can attack twice, which is a powerful tool. Weapons have limited durability, but the durability is regenerated after every map, so don't be afraid to use your good stuff. Unlike Fire Emblem this game has the main combat units arranged in an advantage square; Heavy Cavalry beats Light Cavalry, Light Cavalry beats Light Infantry, Light Infantry beats Line Infantry, and Line Infantry beats Heavy Cavalry. There are two other units which sit outside this. Military Bands are your cleric analogues, with healing and status buffs. Artillery cannot attack enemies up close (other than one late game item), but have high damage and the longest range of any unit. The game features two defensive stats; one works against bullets and one works against swords (cavalry weapons) and artillery. This can affect what units you send where when you aren't exploiting weaknesses. Units also can learn passive skills which buff their combat performance. Instead of random crits the game has a system where you build up morale when attacking; once you have 100 you can spend it to do 50% more damage on your first attack and get a major accuracy boost (on the order of 30%).

The game does not have permadeath; instead losing a handful of units is a frequent defeat condition (aside from the standard losing your MC). The units are flavored as lines of generic soldiers commanded by one of the named characters, so losing enough of these formations would theoretically cause the collapse of your army's effectiveness. The game also features a faction system where doing sidequests and making dialog choices can increase your reputation. You'll want reputation with everyone, as each faction provides a benefit, such as being able to buy better weapons or learn more skills. The game does tell you which faction a dialog choice will buff, so it's not too challenging to get everything up to the required levels.

The game does have some rough edges on the balance end. A handful of maps have really nasty setups with either an extremely terrible weather condition (which is designed to massively favor patient defenders, which the AI is) or overly large reinforcement waves. On the flip side, the game also has an imbalance in the player's favor. That weapon square I mentioned usually sees the enemy forces without much in the way of Light Cavalry. This allows your Light Infantry to shine, as they are basically the myrmidons of the game. Without their natural enemy they can become monsters. Especially since they have some of the best skills, including natural ranged weapons and the ability to act again after using a heroic attack. This also means that your Heavy Cavalry loses effectiveness, as the enemy troops tend to have a lot of Line Infantry that will chew them up.

Overall Banner of the Maid is a very solid SRPG, and if you're a Fire Emblem fan you'll enjoy it. And the devs did a reasonable amount of research into the actual history; most of the cast are real figures, though all of them are more badass to suit a video game. There's no major changing of historical events; the monarchy falls and things end with Robespierre still in power. You just do your best to try and help France.


I've had my eye on Banner of the Maid for some time. This one looks interesting too:

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Re: Games Beaten 2021

by ElkinFencer10 Thu Jul 01, 2021 5:16 pm

Games Beaten in 2021 - 53
* denotes a replay

January (12 Games Beaten)
1. God of War - PlayStation 3 - January 1
2. God of War II - PlayStation 3 - January 2
3. God of War: Chains of Olympus - PlayStation 3 - January 3
4. God of War: Ghost of Sparta - PlayStation 3 - January 4
5. God of War III - PlayStation 4 - January 6
6. God of War: Ascension - PlayStation 3 - January 9
7. God of War [2018] - PlayStation 4 - January 16
8. Epic Dumpster Bear 2: He Who Bears Wins - PlayStation 4 - January 16
9. God of War: Betrayal - Mobile - January 17
10. Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit - Switch - January 18
11. Muv-Luv photonflowers* - Steam - January 22
12. Muv-Luv photonmelodies♮ - Steam - January 27


February (5 Games Beaten)
13. Gun Gun Pixies - Switch - February 1
14. Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel - PS4 - February 8*
15. Pantsu Hunter: Back to the 90s - Vita - February 13
16. Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel II - PS4 - February 17*
17. Legend of Heroes: Trails in the Sky - Steam - February 23


March (3 Games Beaten)
18. Legend of Heroes: Trails in the Sky SC - Steam - March 4
19. Legend of Heroes: Trails in the Sky 3rd - Steam - March 7
20. Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel III - PS4 - March 21


April (7 Games Beaten)
21. Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel IV - PS4 - April 5
22. Muv-Luv Unlimited: The Day After 00 - Steam - April 7
23. Muv-Luv Unlimited: The Day After 01 - Steam - April 10
24. Muv-Luv Unlimited: The Day After 02 - Steam - April 11
25. Muv-Luv Unlimited: The Day After 03 - Steam - April 13
26. Neptunia Virtual Stars - PS4 - April 18
27. Before Your Eyes - Steam - April 18


May (9 Games Beaten)
28. New Pokemon Snap - Switch - May 2
29. Resident Evil 8: Village - PS5 - May 8
30. Dragon Quest XI S: Echoes of an Elusive Age - Switch - May 15
31. Torment: Tides of Numenera - Xbox One - May 18
32. Pepsiman - PS1 - May 20
33. Super Blackjack Battle II Turbo: The Card Fighters - Switch - May 20
34. Reel Fishing: Road Trip Adventure - Switch - May 23
35. Planetscape: Torment - Steam - May 26
36. Shin Megami Tensei III: Nocturne - Switch - May 31


June (16 Games Beaten)
37. Hentai vs Evil - Switch - June 1
38. Troll and I - Switch - June 2
39. Zombie Army 4: Dead War - PlayStation 4 - June 5
40. Mario and Sonic at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 - Switch - June 6
41. Military Madness - TurboGrafx-16 - June 7
42. Puyo Puyo 2 - Game Gear - June 17
43. Yakuza 0 - Playstation 4 - June 19
44. Neptunia Shooter - Playstation 5 - June 20
45. Little Samson - NES - June 22
46. Tiger-Heli - NES - June 23
47. Blaster Master - NES - June 23
48. Gun-Nac - NES - June 24
49. Rollerblade Racer - NES - June 25
50. Marble Madness - NES - June 25
51. Metroid - NES - June 25
52. Mario Golf: Super Rush - Switch - June 26
53. Metroid: Zero Mission - GBA - June 28


53. Metroid: Zero Mission - GBA - June 28

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Having recently played through the original Metroid on NES, I decided I might as well play through its enhanced remake on GBA, Metroid: Zero Mission. Along with the other GBA Metroid, Metroid Fusion, this is one of the two 2D Metroid games that I’d never finished. With the release of Metroid Dread on the Switch looming on the horizon, I figured now was a pretty good time to go back through the 2D Metroid games.

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Metroid: Zero Mission is, at its heart, a remake of the NES original, but “retelling” or “reimagining” would probably be more accurate as it’s not the NES game in GBA graphics. It tells the story of the original game - Samus’s battle with Kraid, Ridley, and Mother Brain on planet Zebes to prevent the Metroids from spreading across the galaxy - but it’s more than that. The map has been reworked, quality of life improvements have been made, and a whole section of game has been added following the defeat of Mother Brain. Instead of escaping after beating Mother Brain and the game ending, you end up going through a Space Pirate mothership and fighting more enemies and an additional boss. It not only makes this the definitive way to get the first story in the Metroid series, but it does so in a way that doesn’t invalidate the NES original; the 8-bit progenitor game is absolutely still worth playing even if you’ve played Zero Mission.

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That said, the technical enhancements over the original on NES can’t be overstated. Obviously it looks leagues better, but it runs significantly better, too. The original had slow down and sprite flicker; you’re not going to encounter any of that here. The smoother and somewhat faster gameplay make it a delight to play and really show how fantastic an old school 2D Metroid game can be even in 2021 when we’ve become used to 3D games with 4K visuals. If I have any complaint about Zero Mission, it’s that there just isn’t enough of it. Even with the added content after you beat Mother Brain, the game leaves you wanting more. That’s not entirely a strike against it, though; a lot of that is because of the huge quality of life improvements that force you to spend less time wandering aimlessly, the save points that will have you wasting less time when you die, and the fact that it’s not as brutally difficult as the original.

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On the topic of difficulty, some may argue that it’s a bit too easy as it’s definitely one of the less difficult entries in the series, but I would say that it’s perfect as it is. When you start the game, you can choose between an Easy and a Hard difficulty, and beyond that, I think that having this game be less difficult while retelling the story that started the Metroid series makes it a perfect entry point for prospective new fans who might otherwise be turned off by the difficulty and technical limitations of the NES original.

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I really cannot overstate how much I enjoyed my time playing through Metroid: Zero Mission. While I’m openly not particularly good as most video games, I found it to have enough challenge where it needed to - the bosses - while not being frustrating in the bulk of the game. Most importantly, it’s just a blast to play. This is definitely a game I can see myself going back to just to spend a half hour playing when I get the itch regardless of whether or not I beat it again. The game itself is just a perfect 2D Metroid experience. It’s on the Wii U Virtual Console which is how I would recommend playing it if you don’t already have a GBA copy or a GBA Everdrive as prices have shot up in the lead-up to Metroid Dread’s release. However you play it, though, you’re in for a hell of a good time.
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Re: Games Beaten 2021

by Markies Thu Jul 01, 2021 10:47 pm

Markies' Games Beat List Of 2021!
*Denotes Replay For Completion*

1. Midtown Madness 3 (XBOX)
2. X-Men 2: Clone Wars (GEN)
3. Sonic Adventure 2 (SDC)
4. Mega Man 7 (SNES)
5. Xenosaga Episode III: Also Sprach Zarathustra (PS2)
6. Bust A Move 4 (PS1)
7. Phantasy Star IV (GEN)
8. Gunbird 2 (SDC)
***9. The Legend Of Zelda: The Wind Waker (GCN)***
10. Fable: The Lost Chapters (XBOX)
11. Growlanser: Heritage Of War (PS2)
12. Double Dragon (NES)
13. Star Ocean (SNES)
14. Pokemon Snap (N64)
15. Metroid Prime 2: Echoes (GCN)

16. Castle Of Illusion Starring Mickey Mouse (GEN)

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I completed Castle Of Illusion: Starring Mickey Mouse on the Sega Genesis this evening!

Late last year, I was looking for a new game for my Sega Genesis. I was beginning to focus heavily on beating my Backlog, so I didn't want something too long or too hard clogging it up. As I was looking through the games, I kept coming back to the Disney games. I know Disney and Sega had a great relationship during that time, so I wanted to start experiencing those games for myself. I figured those would be perfect games to play as they wouldn't be too long or too challenging. I then decided to start with the first one and I picked up Castle of Illusion for the Sega Genesis. Now, 6 months later, I wanted something light before my next big RPG and Castle of Illusion fitted in perfectly.

Castle Illusion is a slow moving and very competent platformer. Mickey never runs in the game, so you feel like you are taking a breezy stroll through the game. However, besides one annoying part, the speed really doesn't hinder you as the game is a platformer in the truest sense of the word. The game is built around Mickey jumping on enemies with his butt and small little platforms that you can jump on. There are 5 Worlds in the game and each one of them is unique and varied. There is a world based on Candy that look like a sugar induced dream. There is one based on little toys that has the ceiling and floor changing like Gravity Man in Mega Man.

There are some annoying areas in the maps such as a maze that you can get stuck in and an area where you have to outrun some water, which is difficult to do when you have to walk. Also, there are several jumps in the game that are just blind jumps or that enemies will randomly appear just to damage you. Surprisingly, it took me a few tries to beat the game as it can be a bit frustrating, but after a few tries and some learning of the game, it doesn't become a challenge that you cannot overtake.

Overall, I really enjoyed my time with Castle of Illusion Starring Mickey Mouse. The game is an early Genesis game, so the presentation is still very solid for its time. It's not an amazing game or even a must play game. But, it is a very solid game and one that is enjoyable to play. It's also a perfect game for younger kids when they are ready to graduate to a game with a bit of a challenge to it. I'm now looking forward to trying more games in the Sega Disney partnership that produced so many games!
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Re: Games Beaten 2021

by REPO Man Thu Jul 01, 2021 10:56 pm

Have you played the remake? I beat that years ago and managed to get all the achievements. If you can still get it digitally check it out.
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