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Re: Games Beaten 2012

by dsheinem Fri Dec 28, 2012 5:22 pm

January-June
Bride of Pin*Bot (from Pinball Arcade) - Vita
Pac-Man Championship Edition DX - PS3
Super Stardust Delta - Vita
DoDonPachi Resurrection - 360
Bit.Trip Beat - PC
Dear Esther - PC
Wizorb - PC
Sound Shapes - Vita
Infinity Blade - iOS
Infinity Blade II - iOS
Super Star Shooter - X68000
Mortal Kombat (2012) - Vita
Super Mario 3D Land - 3DS
Centipede: Infestation - 3DS
Commando - 7800
Shadow Gun - iOS
Borderlands 2 - PC
Unfinished Swan - PS3
Borderlands 2: Captain Scarlett and Her Captain's Booty - PC
House of the Dead 4 - PS3
Vampire Savior (Darkstalkers 3) - Arcade (MAME)
D - PS1
Vampire Hunter (Darkstalkers 2) - PSP
He-Man: The Most Powerful Game in the Universe - iOS
Halo 4 - 360
Little Big Planet - Vita
Super Crate Box - Vita
Street Fighter X Tekken - iOS
007: Goldeneye Reloaded - PS3
007: Blood Stone 360
Angry Birds: Star Wars - iOS
After Burner Climax - PS3
Sonic 4: Episode 1 - PS3
Borderlands 2: Mr. Torgue's Campaign of Carnage - PC
Street Fighter Alpha: Warrior's Dreams - PS1
Killer Instinct - SNES
Sonic 4: Episode 2 - PS3
Hotline Miami - PC
NightSky - PC
Super Burnout - - Atari Jaguar *new*
Dead or Alive 3 - Xbox *new*

TOTAL: 77


2011 Games Beaten
2010 Games Beaten

I bet you didn't see a Jaguar game coming! :lol: Super Burnout is super fun, and by far the best Hang-On style game I've probably ever played, including anything in the Hang-On series. It is a shame that this didn't get ported to other systems.

I don't like the Dead or Alive series much from what I've played, and my time with DOA3 today did not prove enough to change my opinion, even after playing through it a few times. A pretty but vapid series, in my opinion.
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Re: Games Beaten 2012

by noiseredux Fri Dec 28, 2012 5:23 pm

Dead or Alive series wrote:Dave sucks.
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Re: Games Beaten 2012

by dsheinem Fri Dec 28, 2012 5:24 pm

noiseredux wrote:
Dead or Alive series wrote:Dave sucks.
:|


if it makes you feel any better, Dead or Alive series > Soul Calibur series
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Re: Games Beaten 2012

by dunpeal2064 Fri Dec 28, 2012 5:32 pm

I think DOA is pretty cool, but thought that 3 was shit. Maybe give some time to DOA2 on the ps2 at some point, I had much more fun with that one, and enjoyed 4 quite a bit too.

Gratned, I don't think it would bring you to total fandom of the games, but 2 and 4 are at least more enjoyable.
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Re: Games Beaten 2012

by noiseredux Fri Dec 28, 2012 5:35 pm

dsheinem wrote:
noiseredux wrote:
Dead or Alive series wrote:Dave sucks.
:|


if it makes you feel any better, Dead or Alive series > Soul Calibur series


True!

dunpeal2064 wrote:I think DOA is pretty cool, but thought that 3 was shit. Maybe give some time to DOA2 on the ps2 at some point, I had much more fun with that one, and enjoyed 4 quite a bit too.

Gratned, I don't think it would bring you to total fandom of the games, but 2 and 4 are at least more enjoyable.


Yeah DOA2 is def my favorite of the series. That's the one I always go back to. 4 is really, really pretty though. But yeah, I'd still play 2 more.

I didn't pick up 5 yet. But of the first 4, I play 3 the least.
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Re: Games Beaten 2012

by Gamerforlife Fri Dec 28, 2012 5:55 pm

dsheinem wrote:
noiseredux wrote:
Dead or Alive series wrote:Dave sucks.
:|


if it makes you feel any better, Dead or Alive series > Soul Calibur series


I have such a hard time taking the Soul Calibur series seriously anymore as I just find it funny that it has people slashing and stabbing eachother with sharp, pointy melee weapons and yet you never see blood or limbs go flying around. I know it's just a game but I've reached a point in my life as a gamer where I can't just accept stuff like that anymore

It's not something that is an issue with games like Tekken, DOA, or Virtua Fighter. I wonder sometimes why the Soul Calibur games even HAVE weapons when they just play like any regular fighter where people just throw punches and kicks at eachother
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Seriously. Screw you Shao Kahn I'm gonna play Animal Crossing.
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Re: Games Beaten 2012

by BoneSnapDeez Fri Dec 28, 2012 5:57 pm

dsheinem wrote:I don't like the Dead or Alive series much from what I've played, and my time with DOA3 today did not prove enough to change my opinion, even after playing through it a few times. A pretty but vapid series, in my opinion.


Maybe you should try the Beach Volleyball spinoff?
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Re: Games Beaten 2012

by Xeogred Fri Dec 28, 2012 7:16 pm

Haven't liked SC since 2 and I've always hated DOA, always seems to emphasis counters above everything else. Tekken 3 and the first Tag Tournament were the big dogs for me, those were fighters I was obsessed with. A bit more combo focused than DOA I'd say, more my style I guess.
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Re: Games Beaten 2012

by alienjesus Fri Dec 28, 2012 8:06 pm

Super Mario 3D Land 3DS
Professor Layton & The Spectre's Call DS
Trip World 3DS VC
Streetpass Quest II 3DS
Sam & Max: The Devil's Playhouse - Episode 301: The Penal Zone PC
Kirby's Fun Pak VC
Golden Axe Warrior SMS
Sam & Max: The Devil's Playhouse - Episode 302: The Tomb of Sammun-Mak PC
Ax Battler: The Legend of Golden Axe Game Gear
Gitaroo Man Lives! PSP
Panzer Dragoon Saga Demo Saturn
Asterix SMS
Sam & Max: The Devil's Playhouse - Episode 303: They Stole Max's Brain! PC
Henry Hatsworth in the Puzzling Adventure DS
Picross DS DS
Half Minute Hero PSP
Soul Calibur Dreamcast
Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney: Trials & Tribulations DS
StarTropics VC
Faselei! NGPC
Ninja Commando VC
Wario Land II Game Boy
Sam & Max: The Devil's Playhouse - Episode 304: Beyond the Alley of the Dolls PC
Poképark Wii: Pikachu's Adventure Wii
Sam & Max: The Devil's Playhouse - Episode 305: The City That Dares Not Sleep PC
Sonic Adventure DX: Director's Cut GC
LostWinds: Winter of the Melodias WiiWare
Dead or Alive 3 XBox
Ys: The Vanished Omens SMS
Trauma Center: Under the Knife DS
Art Style: Rotohex WiiWare
The Legend of Zelda: Four Swords Anniversary Edition DSiWare
Lords of Thunder VC
Punch-Out!! Wii
Ufouria: The Saga VC
F-Zero: Maximum Velocity 3DS VC
Kirby & The Amazing Mirror 3DS VC
Xenoblade Chronicles Wii
The Sky Crawlers: Innocent Aces Wii
Wario Land 4 3DS VC
Kid Icarus: Uprising 3DS
Kirby's Adventure Wii Wii
Battalion Wars 2 Wii
Game Boy Camera Game Boy
Sakura Wars: So Long, My Love Wii
Red Steel 2 Wii
Final Fantasy IV Advance GBA
Kirby: Mouse Attack DS
Command and Conquer PS1
Super Ghouls 'n Ghosts SNES

Beat the Beat: Rhythm Paradise Wii
Grim Fandango PC
Tekken Advance GBA
Star Wars: Rogue Squadron N64
Resident Evil 4 GC
Panzer Dragoon Orta XBox
Duck Tales NES
Mega Bomberman Mega Drive
Monster World IV VC
Final Fantasy V PS1 Classics
Maniac Mansion PC
Day of the Tentacle PC
Mega Man: Powered Up PSP
The Secret of Monkey Island: Special Edition PC
Dissidia 012[Duodecim] Final Fantasy PSP
Pac-Pix DS
Hotel Dusk: Room 215 DS
Pokémon Puzzle Challenge GBC
Monkey Island 2 Special Edition: LeChuck's Revenge PC
Fire Emblem: Path of Radiance GC
Professor Layton and the Miracle Mask 3DS
Kirby's Block Ball Game Boy
Disaster: Day of Crisis Wii
Sam and Max Hit the Road PC
Mega Man: Dr. Wily's Revenge Game Boy
F-Zero GP Legend GBA
Animal Crossing: Let's Go to the City Wii *NEW*
Rhythm Thief & the Emperor's Treasure 3DS *NEW*
Total: 78


Two more to add before the year's out. I'd post a summary here like I did in the Games Acquired thread, but I reckon there's a small chance I could add another game to this list before 2013 rolls around.

Animal Crossing on the Wii is frankly more of the same. It's very similar to the DS one, although it thankfully brings one or two little things back from the Gamecube version (most importantly familiar holidays like Halloween and Christmas). It's still missing a few of the 'cube features, including the number of villagers, the NES games and the island, and so the cube game is still the best in my eyes. The City addition was fairly pointless, and I visited it maybe once a week - things dont move very fast in the city ironically. Anyhow, to 'beat' the game I paid off my entire mortgage for the fully upgraded house. It's a fine game, and would be a worthy choice for first Animal Crossing, but anyone with the Gamecube or DS game should leave it alone - it's basically identical. At the very least, wait for the 3DS game which looks to add a bit more than usual.

Rhythm Thief is a pretty fun rhythm game for 3DS. It rather surprisingly reminds me of Professor Layton, as most of the game is spent walking around tapping stuff to find hidden objects and talking to people to progress the plot. The main difference is that instead of puzzles, this game uses rhythm mini games to break up the plot. The plot is decent enough, and the animation is great, although very brief. The music is high quality and very catchy, and the rhythm games themselves are mostly very enjoyable, although there is the occassional duff one, mostly those involving the gyroscope in the 3DS which can be a little iffy in detecting your movements. There are 50 mini games in total, although most of them are just harder difficulty versions of earlier ones with different songs. There are probably about 15-20 unique games all in. The game ends on a cliffhanger, suggesting they hope to make it into a series, but I don't think it sold well, so it probably won't happen. It deserved to though, it's very enjoyable and I'd recommend it. Sega fans will appreciate a couple of mini games that function like Space Channel 5 and Samba de Amigo too, with tracks from those very games. The second Samba de Amigo mini game uses the main theme from The Rub Rabbits too, oddly enough. Definitely a solid game, and if a sequel ever did happen, I'd definitely pick it up.

I'm currently working through Paper Mario: Sticker Star and Final Fantasy Tactics, although I doubt either will be finished by the new year. I'm also dabbling in some Mario Tennis Open too, which is a more likely candidate for beating this year.
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Re: Games Beaten 2012

by J T Fri Dec 28, 2012 9:46 pm

Deus Ex: Human Revolution (1/12) PC
Mirror's Edge (1/18) PC
Medal of Honor [2010] (1/23) PC
Puzzle Agent 2 (2/2) PC
Dinner Date (2/15) PC
NyxQuest (2/19) PC
Dear Esther (2/20) PC
The Stanley Parable (2/21) PC
To The Moon (2/26) PC
Escape Goat (6/16) PC
Rayman Origins (6/17) PC
Robot Pinball Escape (6/18) PC
Offspring Fling (7/16) PC
The Darkness II (7/30) PC
Thomas Was Alone (8/22) PC
Thirteen Flights of Loving (8/23) PC
Corril Slayer (8/27) PC
Sleeping Dogs (10/02) PC
Alice: Madness Returns (10/16) PC
Duke Nukem Forever (10/19) PC
Hotline Miami (10/24) PC
Hard Reset: Extended Edition (11/20) PC
Quantum Conundrum (11/28) PC
Space Channel 5: Part 2 (12/11) PC
Spec Ops: The Line (12/28) PC

I'm hoping to beat one or two more games before the year is out, but even if I don't, this makes a nice 25 games down for 2012. Looking through my list, this has been a great year of gaming. I finished lots of top notch games, including several long players.

Spec Ops: The Line is a nice shot at making the videogaming equivalent of Apocalypse Now. The game is not perfect by any stretch. In fact, there is one level where you have to use a turret to protect your teammates that was so bad that it almost ruined the game for me. Unlike many other military shooters, the strength of Spec Ops: The Line is in its storytelling.

You are sent to rescue Colonel John Konrad (a tip-of-the-hat to Joseph Conrad, author of Heart of Darkness, the basis for Apocalypse Now). With that simple mission guiding the plot, you decend deeper and deeper into a clearly messed up city of Dubai. The choice of a sandstorm-destroyed Dubai as a setting is quite spectacular. It's like a modern-day version of Bioshock's Rapture, only it's buried in sand instead of water. It's clearly the home of a once opulently wealthy resort city. This is not your typical rah-rah-America war shooter. This game never lets you feel very good about any lives you take, and you will take many before the game is over. You have to turn on rogue Americans, you have to kill Dubai civilians, you have to shoot at people that don't know what is going on but don't want to be killed first. Since it's a corridor shooter, you also don't have a lot of options. It's kill or be killed for you too. I think the linearity of the game actually works here because you don't have choice where you would like to have it, which forces you to contend with the many unethical things you have to do in the name of survival.

In one particularly poignant scene, for example, you have a huge group of people blocking your way. They don't know you are there, but they are armed and blocking the only way out. You get on a laptop to launch white phosphorous bombs on them to clear the way, not knowing who these people actually are. Like Call of Duty 4, you are conducting your strike from the air via a black and white laptop monitor, but as you finish the last of the bombings, you see your own reflection for awhile in the monitor and then the game makes you walk through the piles of burned bodies that you just killed. It's horrifying, but that's the point.

This game doesn't celebrate war; it sees the madness in it. For that, I can forgive its average gameplay and appreciate that Spec Ops: The Line tried to do something different. It's not perfect, even in its storytelling, but it's unique and ambitious with a finely crafted and richly detailed art style. I think it's worth playing.
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