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Re: Games Beaten 2015

by bmoc Sun Mar 22, 2015 3:39 pm

1. Radiant Historia
2. Halo: Combat Evolved (Master Chief Collection)
3. Halo 2 (Master Chief Collection)
4. Killer Instinct (Season 1 Story Mode)
5. 999: 9 Hours, 9 Persons, 9 Doors
6. Ori and the Blind Forest (Xbox One)
7. Rayman Legends (Xbox One)

Another great entry in the Rayman series! If you played Origins and liked it, then you should definitely pick this one up. And if you have an Xbox One, it is currently one of March's free games with Gold. For those that don't know, Rayman Legends is a collect-a-thon platformer. You collect various items and save the certain NPCs in order progress further.

I particularly enjoyed the musical levels. In those levels, jumping and attacking are usually done to the beat of the music. They do some pretty humorous renditions of popular songs like Eye of the Tiger.

Not much has changed gameplay-wise from Origins so if you are looking for something new, you may be disappointed. In fact as you progress, you unlock levels from Rayman Origins. A great feature for those that haven't played Origins. There are still plenty of original levels to keep you busy. I was able to beat the game without completing any of the Origins levels.

I still have lots of levels that I have yet to play/unlock. I doubt that I will go for 100% completion but I would at least like to play through all the levels. It has also been a great game to play with my 5 year old son. Many of the levels are too hard for him to beat on his own. However you have unlimited lives so he is able to jump back in as soon as I am able to free him.
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Re: Games Beaten 2015

by prfsnl_gmr Sun Mar 22, 2015 6:24 pm

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)

I picked up Mighty Switch Force: Hyperdrive Edition for $2.50 during a recent WayForward sale, and I definitely got my money's worth out of it. The game is a action-puzzle-platformer in which you play as a police officer who has to "collect" five fugitives hidden throughout each level. Your character contols like Mega Man, and you navigate the levels by shooting enemies and "switching" blocks into and out of existence. (Switching a block into existence while something is occupying its space is a great way to defeat enemies or inadvertently kill yourself.) The game also controls wonderfully, and it makes me wish that Capcom would let WayForward make a classic Mega Man game with HD graphics. The is very short, however, and a dedicated player could probably beat it in one sitting. Each of the game's 16 levels does have a "par" time, and achieving the "par" time in each level would likely take a tremendous amount of practice. Moreover, beating the game unlocks five challenging "bonus" levels, which I have not yet completed. In sum, I enjoyed Mighty Switch Force for what it was; my children enjoyed watching me play it; I am looking forward to playing through the bonus levels (and the sequel, which I also picked up for $2.50); and I recommend it to anyone looking to kill an afternoon with a fun, engaging, and inexpensive action-puzzle-platformer.

BoneSnapDeez wrote:34. Kirby Super Star (SNES)


You are going to love Triple Deluxe. It is basically Kirby Super Star 2.
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Re: Games Beaten 2015

by BoneSnapDeez Sun Mar 22, 2015 8:44 pm

1. Grandia (PlayStation)
2. Jungle Hunt (Xbox - Taito Legends)
3. Jungle Hunt (Atari 2600)
4. Jungle Hunt (Plug & Play - ColecoVision Flashback)
5. Donkey Kong (Atari 2600)
6. Donkey Kong (Intellivision)
7. Donkey Kong (ColecoVision)
8. Bubble Bobble (NES)
9. Side Arms: Hyper Dyne (PSP - Capcom Classics Collection Remixed)
10. 1941: Counter Attack (PSP - Capcom Classics Collection Remixed)
11. Ys: The Ark of Napishtim (PSP)
12. The Ninja Kids (Xbox - Taito Legends)
13. Neutopia (TurboGrafx-16)
14. Golden Axe Warrior (Xbox 360 - Sonic's Ultimate Genesis Collection)
15. Phantasy Star Online Ver. 2 (Dreamcast)
16. Growl (PlayStation 2 - Taito Legends 2)
17. Arabian Magic (PlayStation 2 - Taito Legends 2)
18. Dungeon Magic (PlayStation 2 - Taito Legends 2)
19. Gekirindan (PlayStation 2 - Taito Legends 2)
20. Ys II (Saturn - Falcom Classics II)
21. Darius Gaiden (PlayStation 2 - Taito Legends 2)
22. G Darius (PlayStation 2 - Taito Legends 2)
23. Giana Sisters DS (DS)
24. RayStorm (PlayStation 2 - Taito Legends 2)
25. Mr. Do! (ColecoVision)
26. Beauty & the Beast (Intellivision)
27. Boxing (PlayStation 2 - Activision Anthology)
28. Crystalis (NES)
29. Dragon Warrior (NES)
30. Faxanadu (NES)
31. Tombs & Treasure (NES)
32. Kirby's Dream Land (Game Boy)
33. Kirby's Adventure (NES)
34. Kirby Super Star (SNES)
35. Hoshi no Kirby 64 (Nintendo 64)

This is Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards. I just happen to own the Japanese version.

I always thought this game was significantly underrated. People talk about Mario 64 and the Zeldas and GoldenEye but Kirby never seems to come up. It's a shame too, because this is not only one of the better Kirby games but one of the best N64 games and 5th gen platformers.

Kirby 64 completely ignores the 3D trend - this is a 2D game. Well, 2.5D. Everything's at an angle and the levels "curve" as Kirby progresses, but he can only walk left and right. This control scheme is a breath of fresh air; I always found 5th gen 3D platformers to be more than a little awkward.

Some major changes were made to the Kirby formula. First off, he can no longer fly indefinitely. After a short while poor Kirby will run out of breath and drop. This is a welcome change; the flying was too easy to exploit in the earlier games and Kirby could simply sail over the trickier levels. Secondly, the abilities system has been altered significantly. There are no longer any allies to recruit, but Kirby can now mix two abilities. There are some crazy combinations here - for instance when Kirby mixes ice and spark he becomes a refrigerator with the ability to launch food at enemies. He can also combine two of the same ability. I especially enjoyed double-stone which makes Kirby a hulking rock beast.

Despite the noticeable changes all of the charm of the older Kirby games is still present here. The game world looks to made of cotton candy and lollipops and babies' butts. Everything is cute to the extreme, especially Kirby's new friends like his love interest (?) Ribbon. Music is quaint and pleasant. Controls are smooth and leisurely. Those who dislike the N64 controller will be thrilled to find out that the thumb stick and Z button are ignored completely, and the C buttons are completely optional!

I only have a couple of complaints. First off, like so many first-party Nintendo games the save feature doesn't keep track of extra lives earned. Every time the game is loaded it's back to 3. This was forgivable in Super Mario Bros. 3 but feels strange in a 5th gen game. Also, there's a "collectathon" aspect with the crystal shards. Three must be found in each level to unlock the "real" final boss and "true" ending. This can all be ignored, of course, but it feels out of place in such a light and breezy game.

I love Kirby 64. I know there's a small subset of retro gamers who choose to disregard the N64 due to its (comparatively) weak library of games. But I think this little pink puffball could be enough to convert the cynics.
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Re: Games Beaten 2015

by dsheinem Sun Mar 22, 2015 8:48 pm

BoneSnapDeez wrote:I know there's a small subset of retro gamers who choose to disregard the N64 due to its (comparatively) weak library of games. But I think this little pink puffball could be enough to convert the cynics.


Fat chance. N64 sux.
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Re: Games Beaten 2015

by BoneSnapDeez Sun Mar 22, 2015 8:49 pm

:?

You should at least try it on the Wii.
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Re: Games Beaten 2015

by prfsnl_gmr Sun Mar 22, 2015 9:14 pm

BoneSnapDeez wrote:I love Kirby 64. I know there's a small subset of retro gamers who choose to disregard the N64 due to its (comparatively) weak library of games. But I think this little pink puffball could be enough to convert the cynics.


I agree. Kirby 64 is a great game. It is easily one of the best on the N64 and one of the best in the Kirby series.
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Re: Games Beaten 2015

by Exhuminator Sun Mar 22, 2015 9:27 pm

Honestly Kirby on N64 wasn't too great. I beat it myself about two years ago. I remember little about it other than I was underwhelmed.
PLAY KING'S FIELD.
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Re: Games Beaten 2015

by BoneSnapDeez Sun Mar 22, 2015 10:08 pm

It's way better than Mario 64 though.

*hides in corner*
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Re: Games Beaten 2015

by Jmustang1968 Mon Mar 23, 2015 4:53 am

My first game beaten in 2015, man, been putting too much time into WoW and Madden.

1. Wasteland 2

I backed the Kickstarter and was absorbed in this game right after release and pumped a bunch of hours in. At about 80% I started to slow down, but that was more due to other games, and not from a lack of interest. I will say the game might be slightly too long. Character development, besides getting more HP, and maxing out a few skills, kind of stagnates. I think I put about 60-65 hours into this play-through.

Overall, I really enjoyed the game. I love the tactical turn based battles, though, it would have been nice if the combat was a little more in depth. But either way, it was satisfying. The game really excels in the dialogue and atmosphere. They did an excellent job and plopping you into this desert wasteland apocalypse and do it with just the right level of humor and grittiness. I really wished I had put more time into the original, as there are a bunch of references, story and character wise, that would've enhanced the experience. But it stood well enough on its own. I am hoping they make a Wasteland 3 and don't wait another 20 years.
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Re: Games Beaten 2015

by Key-Glyph Mon Mar 23, 2015 10:10 am

BoneSnapDeez wrote:I always thought this game was significantly underrated. It's a shame too, because this is not only one of the better Kirby games but one of the best N64 games and 5th gen platformers.

Kirby 64 completely ignores the 3D trend - this is a 2D game. Well, 2.5D. Everything's at an angle and the levels "curve" as Kirby progresses, but he can only walk left and right.
Sounds a lot like Yoshi's Story, which rules and gets similarly forgotten or dismissed. I'm sold, and will definitely pick up a copy to play during the summer.
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