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Re: Games Beaten 2015

by BoneSnapDeez Wed Dec 30, 2015 10:09 am

Nice to see you posting more, dish. noise is forcing me to play Undertale, I'll hit it up sometime in the new year. I have purchased it and am looking forward to it.

Oh, and as far as desert island games go Survival Kids is probably a better bet that NES Gilligan's Island. :lol:
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Re: Games Beaten 2015

by prfsnl_gmr Wed Dec 30, 2015 11:39 am

1. Cut the Rope (3DS)
2. Ratchet & Clank Future: Tools of Destruction (PS3)
3. Call of Cthulhu: Dark Corners of the Earth (XBOX)
4. Jewel Link Chronicles: Mountains of Madness (NDS)
5. Super Mario 3D World (WIIU)
6. Mario Kart 7 (3DS)
7. Kirby Triple Deluxe (3DS)
8. Gunman Clive (3DS)
9. Child of Light (WIIU)
10. Gunman Clive 2 (3DS)
11. Mighty Switch Force! Hyper Drive Edition (WIIU)
12. Shifting World (3DS)
13. VVVVVV (3DS)
14. Mega Man 9 (PS3)
15. Mighty Switch Force 2 (WIIU)
16. Castle of Illusion Starring Mickey Mouse (PS3)
17. Castle Crashers (PS3)
18. Pushmo (3DS)
19. Steamworld Dig (3DS)
20. The Unfinished Swan (PS3)
21. Blaster Master (NES)
22. Samurai Shodown II (NEOGEO/PS2)
23. E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial (2600)
24. Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons (PS3)
25. Shining Force II (GEN)
26. Rayman Legends (WIIU)
27. Gorf (ARCADE)
28. Fairune (3DS)
29. Mighty Gunvolt (3DS)
30. Ikachan (3DS)
31. Block Boy! (3DS)
32. Legend of the Dark Witch (3DS)
33. R-Type Delta (PS1)
34. Half-Life (PS2)
35. Soul of Darkness (3DS)
36. Cubit the Hardcore Platforming Robot (3DS)
37. Alien on the Run (3DS)
38. Bit.Trip Presents...Runner 2: Future Legend of Rhythm Alien (WIIU)
39. Hazumi (3DS)
40. Aaru's Awakening (PS3)
41. Teslagrad (PS3)
42. Monsters (Probably) Stole My Princess (PS3)
43. Year Walk (WIIU)
44. Xeodrifter (3DS)
45. Ittle Dew (WIIU)
46. The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds (3DS)
47. Costume Quest (PS3)
48. Mutant Mudds Deluxe (3DS)
49. Costume Quest: Grubbins on Ice (PS3)
50. Deathsmiles (360)
51. Mario Kart 8 (WIIU)
52. Quell Reflect (3DS)
53. Electronic Super Joy: Groove City (WIIU)
52. Rage of the Gladiator (3DS)
54. Electonic Super Joy (WIIU)
55. Ascent of Kings (WIIU)
56. Little Inferno (WIIU)
57. 50 Pinch Barrage! (3DS)
58. Demon's Souls (PS3)
59. World of Goo HD (iOS)
60. A Dark Room (iOS)


Demon's Souls (PS3) is a simply spectacular game, and it is easily one of my favorite games. The difficulty is extremely overrated, but the fantastic art direction, gameplay, and level design are not. I loved every minute of it, and I cannot recommend it highly enough. (I also can't wait to dive into the NG+ a bit.)

World of Goo HD (iOS) is a puzzle game in which you create suspension bridges and other structures to reach a goal. The game, which originated as a WiiWare title, works wondefully with touch controls, and since it was developed by the people behind Henry Hatsworth and Little Inferno, it just oozes personality. I enjoyed it tremendously, and despite sinking nearly eight hours into it, wish it had even more content.

Finally, A Dark Room (iOS) is one of the most interesting - and addictive - games I have played this year. It starts out as a text adventure, transforms into a resource management game, and concludes as a Rogue-like RPG (complete with ascii graphics!). Although it took me just over three hours to complete the game, I plowed through it in three sittings. The game is well-worth its $0.99 asking price, and I recommend it to anyone looking for a unique gaming experience.

.....

I beat 60 games this year, and I doubt I will beat any more before midnight tomorrow. I played a lot of really great games this year, and I will be sure to write about the very best ones in the "gmae of the year" thread.
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Re: Games Beaten 2015

by ExedExes Wed Dec 30, 2015 11:41 am

MrPopo wrote:My favorite on foot mission in that game was the one where you steal the AT-AT. I like that the game just says at that point "go forth and conquer, and have fun blowing everything up".

THAT was cool, and mind blowing at the same time, even if you only get to use it for less than 5 minutes.
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Re: Games Beaten 2015

by Xeogred Wed Dec 30, 2015 3:44 pm

1. Tomb Raider Definitive Edition (PS4)
2. Demon's Souls* NG+++ (PS3) [PLATINUM]
3. Castlevania (WiiUVC)
4. Dragon Age Inquisition (PS4)
5. Super Castlevania 4* (WiiUVC)
6. Castlevania Rondo of Blood (WiiVC)
7. Castlevania 3 Dracula's Curse (WiiUVC)
8. Castlevania Dracula X (WiiUVC)
9. Castlevania Adventure Rebirth (Wii)
10. Metal Gear Solid: Ground Zeroes (PS4)
11. Castlevania Bloodlines (Gen/Emu)
12. Castlevania Chronicles (PSN)
13. Donkey Kong Country* (WiiUVC)
14. Castlevania Harmony of Dissonance (WiiUVC)
15. Super Ghouls n' Ghosts (WiiUVC)
16. Castlevania Aria of Sorrow* (WiiUVC)
17. Bloodborne NG++ (PS4) [PLATINUM]
18. Sonic & Knuckles* (PS3)
19. Donkey Kong Country 2* (WiiUVC)
20. Sonic the Hedgehog 3* (PS3)
21. Mortal Kombat X (PS4)
22. Donkey Kong Country 3* (WiiUVC)
23. Sonic the Hedgehog 2* (PS3)
24. Sonic the Hedgehog* (PS3)
25. Ratchet & Clank Crack in Time* (PS3) [PLATINUM]
26. Dark Souls 2* NG++ (PS4) [PLATINUM]
27. Ratchet & Clank Into the Nexus (PS3) [PLATINUM]
28. Jak & Daxter Precursor Legacy HD (PS3) [PLATINUM]
29. Infamous 2 (PS3)
30. DuckTales Remastered (WiiU)
31. Yakuza 3 (PS3)
32. Borderlands 2 (PC)
33. Suikoden* (PSX)
34. Suikoden 2* (PSX)
35. Suikoden 3 (PS2)
36. Resident Evil Dead Aim (PS2)
37. Silent Hill 3* (PS2)
38. Silent Hill 2* (PS2)
39. Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain (PS4)
40. Metal Gear (PS3)
41. Metal Gear Solid* (PSX)
42. Metal Gear 2 (LP)
43. Outlast (PC)
44. Amnesia A Machine for Pigs (PC)
45. Thief (2014) (PC)
46. Dishonored* (PC)
47. Doom 64* EX (PC)
48. Sonic CD* (PS3)
49. Fallout 4 (PS4) [PLATINUM]
50. The Lost Vikings* (Genesis)
51. Bloodborne: The Old Hunters (PS4)
52. Rayman Legends (WiiU)
53. Blaster Master* (WiiUVC)

Lots of history with Blaster Master and still one of my all time favorites. I'm a massive Metroid series fan, but when we're just talking NES titles here, I think Blaster Master beats Metroid to its own game in most ways. Blaster Master came out two years later though, so it probably took tons of cues from Metroid.

The downside is of course as anyone who's played it would know, it does not have a save or password system, and it's a little longer than your normal sidescroller.

The final wall/ceiling upgrade your tank gets, complicates the platforming to extreme levels as well and has always bugged me a little. I wish you could have turned your powerups on and off. That still wouldn't change much though, I find it to be literally hilarious how insane the difficulty spike ignites around stage 6 and up. The problem is how critical dying is in this game (not having infinite lives being an issue itself), whenever you die you lose all your tank/gun ammo and powerups. And the final level is an ongoing death trap that would not be easy in the least to backtrack to try and stock on items. You have to really be ready and calculate your attack...

Many older games have had depictions of hellish environments, or perhaps Hell itself, but nothing will ever surpass how evil stage 8 is in this game. The level design logic the rest of the game had is thrown out the window, it's beyond sadistic. But I've always loved that about it!

Thankfully to an extent, the final bosses are not too hard and yes, I tend to use the wall sticking tricks with the final boss... after that insane last level, I'm throwing out the rules myself! On the other hand, stage 7's Frog 2.0 boss has always been the hardest to me. It's best to stick to the top and try to lay down bombs on him when you can, but his ridiculously long and complex pattern is what makes it really hard. The other bosses can get into their predictable routes, but this Frog is insane and hard to follow. It's always kind of the make or break moment.

To be honest, I think I've only beaten this game ~3 times or so and only once legit (without save states, and I used Wii U save states this time).

Definitely can't recommend it enough. It's a beautiful game with one of the best NES soundtracks, really pushes the NES to the limits, and jut a marvel. I can't fathom how tough it would be for a newcomer haha. I can only wonder how I was able to discover some of the paths to some of the later stages, how on Earth did I figure that out? Just being a hardcore 90's gamer I guess. 20 years later and now whenever I play it, I never forget where to go and have the whole game mapped out. But it does get foggy with level 7-8.
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Re: Games Beaten 2015

by Fragems Wed Dec 30, 2015 3:59 pm

1. Injustice Gods Among Us Ultimate Edition(PS4)(Good)
2. Infamous First Light(PS4)(Good)
3. Drakengard 3(PS3) *Endings 1-4. Ending 5 I watched online due to BS boss.(Good except for the boss of the final alternate branch ending who can go burn in a firey hell :lol: )
4. Infamous Second Son(PS4)(Good)
5. Thomas Was Alone(PS4)(Great)
6. Uncharted Drake's Fortune(PS3) *(Good)
7. Uncharted 2 Among Thieves(PS3) *(Great)
8. Uncharted 3 Drake's Deception(PS3) **(Good)
9. Deadpool(PS3)(Great)
10. Red Dead Redemption(360)(Good)
11. Red Dead Redemption Undead Nightmare(360)(Okay)
12. The Walking Dead Survival Instinct(360)(Shit)
13. Fuse(360)(Okay)
14. The Bureau Xcom Declassified(360)(Okay)
15. Asura's Wrath(360)(Great)
16. Beneath a Steel Sky(PC)(Good)
17. Soul Gambler(PC)(Okay)
19. Harvester(PC)(Good, but disturbing)
20. Coma: Mortuary(PC)(Shit)
21. Tesla Effect: A Tex Murphy Adventure(PC)(Good)
22. Freedom Planet(PC)(Great)
23. Tropico 3 Steam Special Edition(PC)(Great)
24. Far Cry 4(PS3)(Okay kinda meh)
25. Shellshock 2 Blood Trails(360)(Shit)
26. Grand Theft Auto V(PC)(Great)
27. Shadow of Mordor(PS4)(Great)
28. Call of Duty Advanced Warfare(PS4)(Okay)
29. Fallout 3(PC)- Great
30. Fallout 3: Operation Anchorage(DLC)(PC)- Crap
31. Fallout 3: Broken Steel(DLC)(PC)- Okay
32. Fallout 3: Mothership Zeta(DLC)(PC)- Buggy Crap
33. Fallout 3: Point Lookout(DLC)(PC)- Great
34. Dying Light(Xbox One)- Great
35. Sunset Overdrive(Xbox One)- Great
36. Murdered Soul Suspect(Xbox One)- Okay
37. Ryse Son of Rome(Xbox One)- Great
38. Halo Anniversary Edition(Xbox One Master Chief Collection)- Good
39. Halo 2 Anniversary(Xbox One Master Chief Collection)- Okay
40. Halo 3(Xbox One Master Chief Collection)- Great
41. Halo 4(Xbox One Master Chief Collection)- Great
42. A Story About My Uncle(PC)- Okay
43. Valiant Hearts(XB1 GWG)- Great
44. Halo 5 (XB1)- (SP) Okay (MP) Seems good need more time to be sure though.
45. The Wolf Among Us(XB1) Great
46. Battlefield Hardline (PC) Okay
47. Fallout New Vegas Old World Blues (PC) Okay

Battlefield Hardline

Probably the weakest BF SP to come out so far had some interesting moments, but the plot was all over the place. There also wasn't much of an ethical side to the story either since the only difference between being a good cop and arresting everyone or a bad cop and killing everyone was a minor difference in exp meaning slower unlocks. I actually liked some of the new game modes in MP but quickly found out that camping and c4 spamming were pretty excessive in modes like hot wire which took some of the fun out of it.

Fallout New Vegas Old World Blues
This DLC is hard as hell when you first get into it but once you realize that the proton melee weapons are insanely over powered things get alot easier. I would suggest holding off on playing it till you finish the main story line in NV though since some of the perks are game breaking as well as the super OP melee weapons. As far as the story goes for the DLC it isn't all that amazing and while the map features quite a bit to explore a lot of it feels empty and meaningless.
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Re: Games Beaten 2015

by Sarge Wed Dec 30, 2015 6:57 pm

January:
1) Rollergames
2) Bayou Billy
3) Whomp 'Em
4) Love+ (repeat, B-)
5) Love+ (repeat, B)
6) Zen: Intergalactic Ninja
7) Battletoads & Double Dragon
8 ) Battletoads (repeat, first time with Game Genie, this time using save states, nowhere near legit win... but it was "beaten")
9) Battletoads (repeat, legit, no Game Genie, no continues, no save states!)
10) Rockin' Kats
11) The Little Mermaid
12) Tiny Toons Adventures
13) Tiny Toons Adventures 2
14) Code Name: Viper
15) Bayou Billy (completely legit!)
16) King of Dragons (on Capcom Classics Collection Reloaded)
17) Ninja Gaiden III: The Ancient Ship of Doom
18) Ninja Gaiden II: The Dark Sword of Chaos
19) Ninja Ryuukenden III
20) Treasure of the Rudras
21) TMNT: Tournament Fighters (SNES) (repeat)
21) Ninja Gaiden III (SNES)
22) Ninja Gaiden (SNES)
23) Wrath of the Black Manta
24) TMNT (NES) (save states)
25) TMNT (NES) (legit)
26) Mighty Morphin Power Rangers (SNES)

February:
27) Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves (repeat)
28) The Krion Conquest
29) Jackie Chan's Action Kung-Fu
30) Yume Penguin Monogatari
31) Street Fighter 2010 (save states / rewind)
32) Street Fighter 2010 (repeat, legit run)
33) Conquest of the Crystal Palace
34) Aladdin
35) Trojan (save states)
36) Trojan (legit run)
37) The Last Remnant
38) Remember Me
39) Bloodrayne Betrayal
40) Rex Rocket

March:
41) Fester's Quest (non-legit)
42) Fester's Quest (legit)
43) Justice League Task Force
44) Monument Valley: The Forgotten Shores
45) Gunman Clive 2
46) Freedom Planet (Lilac, 84 lives lost)
47) Freedom Planet (Carol, 43 lives lost)
48) Link's Awakening DX


Previous undated:
49) Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker (almost all optional stuff done, all stars)
50) Donkey Kong Country 2
51) Picross DS
52) Shadow of the Ninja
53) Shatterhand
54) Super Smash Bros. (Kirby)
55) Pillars of Eternity (65-ish hours, Monk)
56) Majora's Mask (all masks)
57) One Must Fall 2097
58) Contra (not a great run, but no continues or code)
59) Doom
60) Bayonetta 2
61) The Fall
62) MvC2 (Hulk, Cyclops, and Gambit, if memory serves)
63) Child of Light
64) TMNT: Danger of the Ooze
65) Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D (forgot to plug this one in)
66) Dragon Quest III (SFC)
67) Transistor
68) Castlevania: Dawn of Sorrow (repeat)
69) King of Demons (bad ending)
70) King of Demons (good ending, no-death run)
71) King of Demons (good ending, hard)
72) Life of Pixel (100%)
73) Shovel Knight: Plague of Shadows (100%)
74) 8-Bit Commando
75) Freedom Fall
76) Shadow and Ash
77) Sorcery!
78) Super Cyborg (argh, this was hard!)
79) Job the Leprechaun
80) Transformers: Fall of Cybertron
81) Odallus
82) Samurai Pizza Cats
83) Splatterhouse: Wanpaku Graffiti
84) Time Diver: Eon Man
85) Chrono Trigger (repeat)
86) Super Castlevania IV (repeat)
87) Psycho Dream
88) GS Mikami: Joreishi Wa Nice Body
89) Wario Land (VB) (how did I miss listing this one?)
90) Shadow Force
91) Cosmo Police - Galivan
92) Legend of Heroes: Trails in the Sky FC
93) Momodora II
94) Momodora
95) Strikers 1945 Plus
96) Double Dragon (Neo Geo)
97) Guardian
98) Solar Striker
99) Battle Unit Zeoth

100) Metal Slug 5 (via Metal Slug Anthology on Wii)
101) Metal Slug X (via Steam on PC)
102) Street Fighter X Tekken (Vita, Hardest, Ken/Ryu)
103) Super Street Fighter IV 3D Edition (3DS, Medium, Ken)

So, I'm shocked at how well SSFIV plays on 3DS. It's plenty smooth, and looks pretty good outside of the requisite resolution downgrade. Only set me back $4, so I'm not complaining. Certainly a nice way to play SSFIV on the go, even if it doesn't have the content of Ultra SFIV.

Played on Medium because I couldn't be bothered to be overly challenged like with SFxT. Not that it was that hard, but I just didn't feel like fighting the end boss more than five times before getting it down. :P

By my count, I'm up to 95 unique titles finished this year. Not sure I'll make 100, I'm way too distracted with more pickups from my local closeout store. I added Assassin's Creed Liberation, Lumines, Tearaway, and Dungeon Hunter Alliance to the pile, along with a bunch of other stuff for other systems. Really, it's quite ridiculous how much stuff I have to play now. And I added Tales of Hearts R to the mix. :P
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Re: Games Beaten 2015

by Exhuminator Wed Dec 30, 2015 10:20 pm

I got one more game beat for this year...

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Goldeneye 007 | Wii | 2010
Ex's Score: 7/10

This GoldenEye 007 remake is a decent FPS for the Wii. It's often graphically impressive from a technological standpoint, given the Wii's limited hardware, and the actual shooting controls are reasonably functional. However the moment to moment gameplay feels much closer to Call of Duty than James Bond, considering you have no exotic gadgets at your disposal, and many areas are full of waves of respawning generic baddies. Cutscenes and dialogue get really thin during the middle portion of the experience, making the plot feel shallow and inconsequential. Multiplayer is rather robust though, at least for local split-screen, and is pretty fun. There aren't a lot of good FPS games for Wii, and with such tiny competition reviewers often lauded GoldenEye 007 a bit too highly. However with its nice graphics, good controls, and a fairly well flowing campaign, this remake still earns its license to kill.
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by ExedExes Thu Dec 31, 2015 12:30 am

1. Call of Duty United Offensive Expansion Pack - PC (January 16)
2. Dead To Rights - Gamecube (January 24)
3. River City Ransom EX - GBA (February 21)
4. Call of Duty 2 - PC (February 28) (link missing due to this game's post being wiped during the great RB server move)
5. Quake - PC (March 31)
6. The Chronicles of Riddick: Escape from Butcher Bay - PC (April 5)
7. Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon - PC (April 18)
8. Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Advanced Warfighter - PC (May 19)
9. Super Puzzle Fighter II - GBA (May 23)
10. Saints Row The Third - PC (June 24)
11. Konami Krazy Racers - GBA (June 27)
12. Medal of Honor: Airborne - PC (August 13)
13. Code Name: Viper - NES (November 15)
14. Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon-Desert Siege Expansion Pack - PC (November 25)
15. Grim Fandango Remastered - PC (November 30)
16. Star Wars Rogue Squadron III: Rebel Strike - Gamecube (December 25)
17. *NEW* Sgt. Rock On The Frontline - GBC (December 30)

I too have one final game for 2015. It's one I recommended in the new underrated games thread.

For those unfamiliar with Front Line, it's an arcade game from Taito released in 1981 that predated more modern takes on the vertical scrolling run n gun genre such as Commando and Ikari Warriors. This game continues that tradition from the first game, but while in Japan it was known as Front Line: The Next Mission, the North American release had a DC Comics license slapped onto it, featuring 1960s comic book hero Sgt. Rock. Also to note, the publisher for this game, Bam! Entertainment also used a Dexter's Laboratory license on a GBC Elevator Action game (Robot Rampage) and a Yogi Bear license on a GBC port of Pop N Pop (Great Balloon Blast).

Despite the new character added on, the gameplay is very true to Front Line. You go it alone with a gun and grenades that can now be powered up, and you still get to have a go inside vehicles such as tanks, jeeps, and boats. At the end of each area is a fortress where you have to knock out all soldiers and guns before moving to the next area. With 8 stages, it's easy to knock out in about an hour, and extra lives are plentiful. You would owe it to yourself to see how good looking and fun this GBC title can be.
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by MrPopo Thu Dec 31, 2015 3:07 am

First 50:

Second 50:
51. Warcraft III: The Frozen Throne - PC
52. Starflight - PC
53. Skies of Arcadia - Dreamcast
54. Aliens versus Predator Classic 2000 - PC
55. Super Star Wars - SNES
56. Shadowrun: Hong Kong - PC
57. Hexen: Deathkings of the Dark Citadel - PC
58. The Catacomb - PC
59. Azure Striker Gunvolt - 3DS
60. Mighty Gunvolt - 3DS
61. Catacomb Abyss - PC
62. Monkey Island 2: LeChuck's Revenge - PC
63. Strike Suit Zero - Director's Cut - PC
64. Wolfenstein 3D Spear of Destiny - PC
65. StarCraft - PC
66. Metal Storm - NES
67. Septerra Core - PC
68. Metal Warriors - SNES
69. Zelda II - The Adventure of Link - NES
70. Anachronox - PC
71. Faxanadu - NES
72. Adventures of Lolo - NES
73. Ninja Gaiden 2 - NES
74. Half Minute Hero: The Second Coming - PC
75. Mega Man 5 - NES
76. MechWarrior 3 - PC
77. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles - NES
78. Faria - NES
79. Rebel Galaxy - PC
80. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2: The Arcade Game - NES
81. Grim Fandango - PC
82. StarCraft II: Legacy of the Void - PC
83. Fallout 4 - PC
84. Bloodrayne - PC
85. Bloodrayne 2 - PC
86. Catacomb Armageddon - PC
87. This Starry Midnight We Make - PC
88. Shadowrun Dragonfall - Director's Cut - PC
89. Catacomb Apocalypse - PC
90. Super Mario Bros. - NES
91. Tomb Raider Legend - PC
92. Super Mario Bros. 3 - NES
93. Tomb Raider Anniversary - PC
94. Tomb Raider Underworld - PC
95. StarCraft Brood War - PC
96. Ninja Pizza Girl - PC
97. Borderlands The Pre-Sequel - Claptastic Voyage - PC
98. Duke Nukem Forever - The Doctor Who Cloned Me - PC
99. Doom 3 - Resurrection of Evil - PC
100. Painkiller - Battle Out of Hell - PC

101. Alien Isolation - PC
102. Medal of Honor Allied Assault - Spearhead - PC
103. Medal of Honor Allied Assault - Breakthrough - PC
104. Castlevania Bloodlines - Genesis
105. MechWarrior 3: Pirate's Moon - PC
106. Vampire the Masquerade: Redemption - PC
107. Star Fox Assault - GCN
108. Contraption Maker - PC
109. Panzer Dragoon - Saturn
110. Hexen II - PC
111. Sin - PC
112. Jet Force Gemini - N64

Wooo! Finished my last game of the year. And what a game. I remember renting this back in the day, getting Vela to Mizar's Palace and making headway with the other two characters before I had to return it. Then I purchased a copy several years ago, got Juno to Mizar's Palace and got Vela to Ichor and then stopped. I think I was getting pissed off by the drones with shields. Well, it came up on the fortune cookie and I gave it a whirl. And after a few false starts I realized a good way to deal with the shielded enemies, and from there it was a steady march to the end.

Jet Force Gemini is a third person shooter by Rare. In it you control three different characters across a total of fourteen planets, several of which are divided into multiple stages. Each character has something that makes them unique; Juno can walk on lava, Vela can swim (the other two just tread water on the surface), and Lupus can hover for surprisingly long distances. You will need to make use of these abilities to finish the game, though Lupus's is the main one that adds to the gameplay, rather than just being a gate.

There is a large variety of weapons, and one nice thing the devs did was put ammo everywhere. Most killed enemies drop a pickup that will give you pistol, machine gun, or shotgun ammo, depending on what you currently have out. There are also a bunch of weapon crates across the levels. And here's one amazing thing; when you transition rooms items will respawn, but enemies will not. So if you run low you can always backtrack (this also works for health). This allows you to use the traditionally heavier weaponry a lot more freely, and is one of the ways I found to beat shielded enemies easily (turns out explosions are awesome).

However, this game also is Rare's start of darkness; to complete the game you will need to rescue all 282 Tribals that are scattered across the stages. About a third of these can be picked up on your initial journey to Mizar's Palace. The other two thirds require either the jetpacks you get after defeating the boss at Mizar's Palace or taking a character to a planet they didn't start on. The level design and placement of the Tribals means that this isn't too onerous of a task, though, as long as you have the foresight to look up which character is needed on each stage to be able to collect all the Tribals. The other thing is you only visit about half the actual levels on the initial journey, so while you do backtrack through a few stages the majority of that time (if you were good about getting Tribals on the first run) is spent in new areas. Still, this is shades of things to come in the rest of Rare's platformer output.

Also, this game has the single best credits sequence ever. I highly recommend you look it up on youtube; there are no spoilers, just awesome.
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Re: Games Beaten 2015

by Sarge Thu Dec 31, 2015 5:00 am

January:
1) Rollergames
2) Bayou Billy
3) Whomp 'Em
4) Love+ (repeat, B-)
5) Love+ (repeat, B)
6) Zen: Intergalactic Ninja
7) Battletoads & Double Dragon
8 ) Battletoads (repeat, first time with Game Genie, this time using save states, nowhere near legit win... but it was "beaten")
9) Battletoads (repeat, legit, no Game Genie, no continues, no save states!)
10) Rockin' Kats
11) The Little Mermaid
12) Tiny Toons Adventures
13) Tiny Toons Adventures 2
14) Code Name: Viper
15) Bayou Billy (completely legit!)
16) King of Dragons (on Capcom Classics Collection Reloaded)
17) Ninja Gaiden III: The Ancient Ship of Doom
18) Ninja Gaiden II: The Dark Sword of Chaos
19) Ninja Ryuukenden III
20) Treasure of the Rudras
21) TMNT: Tournament Fighters (SNES) (repeat)
21) Ninja Gaiden III (SNES)
22) Ninja Gaiden (SNES)
23) Wrath of the Black Manta
24) TMNT (NES) (save states)
25) TMNT (NES) (legit)
26) Mighty Morphin Power Rangers (SNES)

February:
27) Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves (repeat)
28) The Krion Conquest
29) Jackie Chan's Action Kung-Fu
30) Yume Penguin Monogatari
31) Street Fighter 2010 (save states / rewind)
32) Street Fighter 2010 (repeat, legit run)
33) Conquest of the Crystal Palace
34) Aladdin
35) Trojan (save states)
36) Trojan (legit run)
37) The Last Remnant
38) Remember Me
39) Bloodrayne Betrayal
40) Rex Rocket

March:
41) Fester's Quest (non-legit)
42) Fester's Quest (legit)
43) Justice League Task Force
44) Monument Valley: The Forgotten Shores
45) Gunman Clive 2
46) Freedom Planet (Lilac, 84 lives lost)
47) Freedom Planet (Carol, 43 lives lost)
48) Link's Awakening DX


Previous undated:
49) Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker (almost all optional stuff done, all stars)
50) Donkey Kong Country 2
51) Picross DS
52) Shadow of the Ninja
53) Shatterhand
54) Super Smash Bros. (Kirby)
55) Pillars of Eternity (65-ish hours, Monk)
56) Majora's Mask (all masks)
57) One Must Fall 2097
58) Contra (not a great run, but no continues or code)
59) Doom
60) Bayonetta 2
61) The Fall
62) MvC2 (Hulk, Cyclops, and Gambit, if memory serves)
63) Child of Light
64) TMNT: Danger of the Ooze
65) Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D (forgot to plug this one in)
66) Dragon Quest III (SFC)
67) Transistor
68) Castlevania: Dawn of Sorrow (repeat)
69) King of Demons (bad ending)
70) King of Demons (good ending, no-death run)
71) King of Demons (good ending, hard)
72) Life of Pixel (100%)
73) Shovel Knight: Plague of Shadows (100%)
74) 8-Bit Commando
75) Freedom Fall
76) Shadow and Ash
77) Sorcery!
78) Super Cyborg (argh, this was hard!)
79) Job the Leprechaun
80) Transformers: Fall of Cybertron
81) Odallus
82) Samurai Pizza Cats
83) Splatterhouse: Wanpaku Graffiti
84) Time Diver: Eon Man
85) Chrono Trigger (repeat)
86) Super Castlevania IV (repeat)
87) Psycho Dream
88) GS Mikami: Joreishi Wa Nice Body
89) Wario Land (VB) (how did I miss listing this one?)
90) Shadow Force
91) Cosmo Police - Galivan
92) Legend of Heroes: Trails in the Sky FC
93) Momodora II
94) Momodora
95) Strikers 1945 Plus
96) Double Dragon (Neo Geo)
97) Guardian
98) Solar Striker
99) Battle Unit Zeoth

100) Metal Slug 5 (via Metal Slug Anthology on Wii)
101) Metal Slug X (via Steam on PC)
102) Street Fighter X Tekken (Vita, Hardest, Ken/Ryu)
103) Super Street Fighter IV 3D Edition (3DS, Medium, Ken)
104) Castle in the Darkness (normal ending)
105) Castle in the Darkness (100%, secret ending)
106) Skullgirls
107) Super Dodge Ball

Well, finished off Castle in the Darkness. A splendid little game that reminds me a bit of Maze of Galious, although hewing a touch closer to Metroid-styled design. There's no map, like the original game. The action is ridiculously fast. The jumping, the stabbing, everything moves lightning-quick. Sometimes it's a bit too fast.

The game also pulls a lot of troll moves on you. Spikes abound, and many times, you'll get killed by surprise insta-kill spikes falling from the ceiling, or just find yourself failing the platforming challenges over and over again if you're going for full completion. I ended with 261 lives lost, although I burned about 60-70 in one spot. Unnecessarily, I might add, as I figured out what I was doing wrong, and I had a lot more room for error than originally anticipated.

It also sports the usual pixel graphics, and they're pretty decent overall. The soundtrack is pretty great in most spots, as well. I found myself humming along to quite a few, so that's a good sign... although I find them fading from memory as I type this. Mainly 'cause I've got a Retro City Rampage tune running through my head.

Much like that game, there are a lot of retro sendups. You'll find little homages to Mario, Zelda, Wonder Boy, Castlevania... heck, the game even goes so far as to slip in Monster Party and 8 Eyes!

There's a New Game Plus mode I've dabbled with, already got a crazy-fast sword that reminds me of the Crissaegrim, a frog costume, and a guy who asks if I want to purchase a "Full Moon", then proceeds to... umm... moon you. Sounds like it's going to be ridiculous if I play through it.

As a giant word of warning, if the number of lives lost didn't make it clear, it's a tough game. Checkpoints are pretty copious for most of the game, but they get a bit sparse in the last area, so it's a pretty hefty challenge. Still, I totally got my $3 out of it. It's still on sale on Steam, which appears to be the only place to obtain it currently. I probably wouldn't even have been disappointed dropping $15-20 on it.

EDIT: Somehow, I managed to not list Skullgirls. Definitely beat it this year.

EDIT 2: And Super Dodge Ball. I may be closer to 100 unique titles after all! Gotta keep jogging that memory!
Last edited by Sarge on Thu Dec 31, 2015 1:40 pm, edited 2 times in total.
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