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Re: Games Beaten 2015

by Luke Wed Aug 26, 2015 11:14 am

prfsnl_gmr wrote: I purchased Ninja Gaiden (Xbox) as an adult, and I beat it in about five days.



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Seriously, that's incredible.
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Re: Games Beaten 2015

by MrPopo Wed Aug 26, 2015 11:39 am

Ack wrote:Hey, Popo, you planning to play through the entire Catacomb series now? If so, you are in for a treat.

It's on the list. I'd already done Catacomb and Catacomb 3-D, so now I'm into the non-id games. I'm a couple levels into Abyss but I got stuck because there's a hidden wall to the exit that I thought I checked but it turns out I didn't and then I switched away and have played other games. I'll probably slot in some time in between other games.
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Re: Games Beaten 2015

by prfsnl_gmr Wed Aug 26, 2015 11:42 am

Luke wrote:Seriously, that's incredible.


I feel like I'm taking crazy pills! The game is not that hard! :lol: IMO, DMC was slightly more difficult.
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Re: Games Beaten 2015

by Ack Wed Aug 26, 2015 11:43 am

MrPopo wrote:
Ack wrote:Hey, Popo, you planning to play through the entire Catacomb series now? If so, you are in for a treat.

It's on the list. I'd already done Catacomb and Catacomb 3-D, so now I'm into the non-id games. I'm a couple levels into Abyss but I got stuck because there's a hidden wall to the exit that I thought I checked but it turns out I didn't and then I switched away and have played other games. I'll probably slot in some time in between other games.


Yeah, they do that secret wall thing from time to time, but overall I felt the series got more interesting the further down the line you go. I believe you can also skip the final boss fight entirely in the final game.
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Re: Games Beaten 2015

by dsheinem Wed Aug 26, 2015 11:46 am

prfsnl_gmr wrote:
Luke wrote:Seriously, that's incredible.


I feel like I'm taking crazy pills! The game is not that hard! :lol: IMO, DMC was slightly more difficult.


Agreed. DMC series > NG series on difficulty and just about everything else.
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Re: Games Beaten 2015

by prfsnl_gmr Wed Aug 26, 2015 11:51 am

dsheinem wrote:Agreed. DMC series > NG series on difficulty and just about everything else.


They're different. I really appreciated NG's focus on defense, and I think that playing through it first made me a much better DMC player. I also can't say that I favor one over the other. (I have not yet played DMC3, however, which I have read is the best in the series.)

I also want to note that I played through Ninja Gaiden (Xbox), not Nina Gaiden Black (Xbox), which I have read is more difficult. I also played through it on "normal" difficulty, and I suspect that, on the higher difficulty levels, the game would be too much for me.
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Re: Games Beaten 2015

by Luke Wed Aug 26, 2015 1:20 pm

prfsnl_gmr wrote:
dsheinem wrote:Agreed. DMC series > NG series on difficulty and just about everything else.


They're different. I really appreciated NG's focus on defense, and I think that playing through it first made me a much better DMC player. I also can't say that I favor one over the other. (I have not yet played DMC3, however, which I have read is the best in the series.)

I also want to note that I played through Ninja Gaiden (Xbox), not Nina Gaiden Black (Xbox), which I have read is more difficult. I also played through it on "normal" difficulty, and I suspect that, on the higher difficulty levels, the game would be too much for me.



Not to bring up a malady, but I'm going to anyway as it might explain why I stink at Ninja Gaiden on da box.

Grab your xbox controller with your right hand, thumb on the x button. Make a fist with your left hand. Place it on the d-pad and see how far you get.

You have to block so often (Left Trigger) and switch to moving (D-Pad/nipple) that I have a terrible time getting the "flow" of blocking and moving. And if you can't block an opponent, you're done for.
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Re: Games Beaten 2015

by Sarge Wed Aug 26, 2015 5:04 pm

Ninja Gaiden on XBOX is tough, but certainly not impossible. For my money, the NES version is harder, but both can be finished by brute force.

The secret to NG? Swallow Dive + Izuna Drop. Learn those moves and at least the normal difficulty will be quite doable. I've heard it's a lot tougher on higher levels, though, as enemies will tend to interrupt your Izuna Drops.

I just finished off Dragon Quest III for SFC last night. I've played the NES version to completion untold numbers of times, and the GBC version once. This one is obviously the prettiest. The patch is a bit wack at times (twice with liege for "league", ugh), various formatting issues with text at times (post-battle items, etc.), and what I've heard are game-wiping bugs in the last patch. Thankfully I didn't run into that, and I backed up my saves before it could become an issue.

Anyway, I was pretty underleveled, running a party of Hero, Fighter, Sage, Priest at 38, 34, 32, 35, respectively. But there's also a lot better equipment in this game, especially for your Fighter. The original game had the best you could get as the Iron Claws, obtained very, very early, unless you wanted to fight every step with the Gold Claws. This one actually kills the random battles every step if you can get out of the Pyramid, so that's a big upgrade right there.

I fell quite a few times to one particular boss, but I did kill the last one the first go, despite his attempts to nuke me at the end. Seriously, I was sitting at 55 HP for the Hero, 86 HP for the Fighter, and both my others dead. I was going for a last-ditch Healusall when my Fighter hit the final blow. Whew!

Doubt I'll go for all the bonus content, though.
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Re: Games Beaten 2015

by prfsnl_gmr Wed Aug 26, 2015 5:35 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)
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
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)

Alien on the Run is an amazing 3DS eShop exclusive (and, as of the date of this post, it is still on sale for $1.99!). In it, you control an adorable alien who has to escape from a space ship. To do, he has to make a mad dash through a series of obstacles such as tractor beams, conveyor belts, dance mats, shock panels, boxing robots, etc. You start each stage with a certain amount of time to reach the exit, and the stage ends when you: (1) run out of time; (2) are pulled in by a tractor beam; or (3) reach the end. You receive a grade based on how much time is left on the clock when you reach the end of each stage, and you obtain additional time by "disarming" tractor beams and other obstacles. The last stage in each of the game's levels requires your little alien to collect bottles of hot sauce to fuel his escape from the space ship, and beating a level unlocks both a pallette swap for your alien and the ability to revisit each stage to improve your score.

For its price, the game offers a generous amount of content, and although the mechanics do not change much between stages, their depth means that the game never becomes tedious. Moreover, each stage restarts instantly if you fail, and very quickly if you are working to improve your score. Accordingly, it has that "just one more time" addictiveness inherit in the best twitch games. More importantly, however, the game is oozing with personality and Japanese-games-from-the-mid-1990s quirkiness. Inexplicably, the method for deactivating tractor beams (and gaining additional time to complete each stage) is to slide into them and strike a pose. There are easily 30+ poses in the little alien's arsenal, and they range from sleeping to sitting on the toilet and from shooting a jumpshot to moonwalking. Striking these poses in rapdi succession, coupled with the game's manic pace, kept a smile on my face throughout my time with the game, and the cut scene at the end of each level - despite the fact it never changes - always made me chuckle.

In sum, I highly, highly recommend this incredibly fun game, whcih is a great value at $3.99 and an absolute steal at $1.99.
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Re: Games Beaten 2015

by noiseredux Wed Aug 26, 2015 10:36 pm

1. Beavis And Butt-Head In Virtual Stupidity (PC)
2. Renegade Ops (PC)
3. Arena Of Octos (Apple II)
4. Beauty And The Beast (Intellivision)
5. Chivalry (Apple II)
6. Donald Duck's Playground (C64)
7. Left 4 Dead (PC)
8. Left 4 Dead 2 (PC)
9. Fahrenheit: Indigo Prophecy Remastered (PC)
10. Forward To The Sky (PC)
11. Elevator Action (MSX)
12. Quake (PC)
13: Talisman: Digital Edition (PC)
14: Dead Or Alive 5 Last Round (PC)
15. Dragon Age Origins (PC)
16. Hearthstone (Android)
17. Toren (PC)
18. The Great Giana Sisters (Amiga)
19. Super Puzzle Fighter II Turbo (PC)
20. Lego Jurassic Park (PC)
21. Borderlands The Pre-Sequel (PC)
22. Cities Skylines (PC)
23. Borderlands The Pre-Sequel: Claptastic Voyage (PC)
24. Her Story (PC)

my wife and I just spent our night playing through Her Story together. And talking about it. What a brilliant game! To the point where at the end we were like "it's not even about beating the game.... you care about the story. You want to know what happened and WHY.

Her Story is the best $6 game released in 2015.
Her Story is the best FMV game ever made.

We've already downloaded the Idle Thumbs spoilercast episode to listen to tomorrow morning.

Just wow. The acting! The writing! The fact that you're given a glorified Win95 desktop to explore - there's even a crappy puzzle game in the recycle bin. The fact that some random folk tune gave me goosebumps.

There were so many moments of pure "OMG!" in this game. We'd run a clip barely a minute long and stare at each other with mouths and eyes wide open.

Brilliant. Brilliant. Brilliant.

Play it, y'all.
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